Croatia Online - British Ambassador In Split
The new British Ambassador to Croatia, David Blunt, held a reception in Split yesterday, supported by many of his team. Distinguished guests included Župan Mr Ante Sanader and Mayor Mr Ivan Kuret. In a speech made almost entirely in Croatian, the Ambassador stated his intent "to deepen and broaden" the relationship with Split and the surrounding region, and that the UK sees itself "as one of Croatia's closest friends and a key partner" ... "amongst the strongest supporters of Croatia's EU and Nato membership." Apparently the British Government invests at least €26 million annually in the relationship and is working on a number of key issues with Croatia such as supporting improved public administration and court management, and building capacity and effectiveness on border controls. That's not to mention the significant investment in Croatia by a number of UK companies.
The Ambassador said that he and his team were also working hard with the media to help them report more knowledgeably, especially on EU issues, but also to increase awareness of "just how extensive is this programme of UK engagement with and in Croatia".
There was also something for the British community in the area who were reassured that effective consular services were a personal high priority for the Ambassador and that all feedback was welcome.
Today's photo is courtesy of the FCO website. For further background on the new Ambassador, link to http://ukincroatia.fco.gov.uk/en/our-offices-in-croatia/our-ambassador/