Ladies and Gentlemen,
Comrades,As I am unable to attend this year's gathering personally, which honor the victims of one of the first Ustasha scaffolds, Jadovno, I am addressing You in this way – not only as honorary President of the League of anti-fascist fighters and anti-fascists, but also as the former Croatian President.
European Commission statement, although expected, is a very good news that I sincerely welcome. The conclusion of accession negotiations is a key step for candidate countries on their path towards the full membership in the EU.
When I was leaving my Presidential post just about a year ago, I never thought that I would be in a position where I must – together with you – defend antifascism in a country whose Constitution states that it is built on foundations of antifascism. Still – we arrived precisely at this point.
And this is why I am here today.