President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Saturday marked her first year in office with an Open Door Day at her office, saying the main task of Croatian politicians and everyone in the country was to enable the well-being of Croatian citizens.
Addressing about 200 citizens from all over the country, she said the duty of statesmen and politicians was to be among citizens as much as possible because they gave them their views of life in Croatia, evaluated their work and suggested what else they could do. "Meetings like this one provide the courage and the strength to work for Croatia's benefit."
Grabar-Kitarovic also unveiled a bust of the first Croatian president, Franjo Tudjman. "If anyone deserved to have his bust here... that's the first Croatian president, Franjo Tudjman, who made here key decisions for the future of our Croatia in the hardest times."
Tudjman's policy was the reconciliation of the Croatian people without which it would have been difficult to liberate and build independent Croatia, she said. "And now it's on us, as the new generation, to take it further, into a better life for us all here in Croatia. That's why the policy of togetherness, which follows on from the policy of reconciliation, which I have been constantly talking about this past year, is extremely important."
This policy of togetherness does not mean political conformism at all nor that we should think identically, she said. "It simply means that we should all work together for a better Croatian homeland, better living standards, better conditions for all these young people and children who are here with us, so that they should stay in Croatia instead of leaving, and so that those who left should return."
It's necessary that we build Croatia together so as to achieve its economic, social and all-round development, the president said. "After joining the EU and NATO, we must now define new development strategies for Croatia. That, naturally, is the well-being we want for all our citizens," she said.