The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Antonio Tajani, will travel to Croatia today and tomorrow, 7 and 8 July 2023, to take part in the 16th Dubrovnik Forum, the most important platform for high-level discussions organised by the Croatian government, which brings together government representatives, senior officials, and experts. The 2023 edition, “Navigating The Global Reshuffle”, will be dedicated to the global consequences of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, with five thematic focuses: international order; European energy policy; migration in the Mediterranean region; Euro-Atlantic integration prospects for the Western Balkans; and the EU’s role as a global player.
In the second year of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, and in an international situation that sees violent regional conflicts flaring up in other regions of the world, as well as an acceleration of competition between great powers, and an increasingly pressing environmental crisis, the international community is witnessing a real reshaping of the global order that affects every country, and every regional and international organisation.
Deputy Prime Minister Tajani will speak at the opening session of the Forum, together with the Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, the EU High Representative, Josep Borrell, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Maria Pecinovic-Buric, and the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament, Gordan Jandroković. He commented: “We are facing very important peace and security challenges coming from every region that we have a duty to tackle together. I am thinking for example of the Mediterranean region, a priority area for Italy’s foreign policy, where we play a leading role as a bridge between Europe and the countries on the southern shore. Our goal is to contribute to stability and prosperity among all the countries in the region”
On the sidelines of the Forum works, Deputy Prime Minister Tajani will meet the Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Christian Schmidt, the Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue, Miroslav Lajčák, and the Foreign Ministers of Armenia, Ararat Mirzoyan, and Bulgaria, Mariya Gabriel.