Welcome ceremony of the Accession of Croatia:
- raising of the flags
- Croatian and European anthems
- visit of the exhibition
- family photo
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 01/07/2013 First transmission: 01/07/2013
Today Croatia joined the European Union to become the 28th member state after being a candidate country for 10 years and negotiating for six years. European parliament President Martin SCHULZ conducted the ceremony of the Accession of Croatia in the European Parliament of Strasbourg, welcoming Josip LEKO, Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Croatia, at the Agora Geremek. Croatian flag was raised together with the European flag. Afterwards newly elected Croatian MEPs followed EP President Martin Schulz for their first plenary session.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||EXTERIOR SHOT of the European Parliament, Strasbourg
||Arrival of H.E. Mr. Josip LEKO, Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Croatia, EP President Martin SCHULZ, EC President Jose Manuel BARROSO at the Agora Geremek.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, President of the European Parliament "I am deeply convinced, and that's the reason why I have invited the soldiers of the EUROCORP, the best way to guarantee that they (the soldiers) never must do their job. The best way to ensure that they must never work as soldiers is to follow the idea that countries and nations across borders cooperate because they know integration across borders is the best way to guarantee peace. Therefore, this is a wonderful day for Europe, a great and historical moment for Croatia and a signal of hope for the future of a strong united European Union. Therefore, Dobro dosla, Hrvatska! Welcome Croatia!"
||Ambiance shot appplauses from the crowd
||SOUNDBITE (Croatian) H.E. Mr. Josip LEKO, Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Croatia "The European Union is not just the work of political leaders; it is also the work of European citizens and it still under construction. Therefore, every generation should make its contribution to it. Today, as citizens of the EU, we as Croats are assuming the parts of responsibility for the Union, proud of its achievements which are to cherish and nurture for our common future."
||Ambiance shot the Croat and the European Union flags are paraded by a troop of soldiers of the Eurocorps (7 shots)
||Ambiance shot both flags are being raised and the Croatian anthem is being performed by the Croatian Navy chorus "Klapa Sv. Juraj" (13 shots)
||Family picture (3 shots)