A conference of the Robert Schuman Foundation and the European People's Party (EPP) "Peace and Freedom in Europe" ended in the southern Adriatic city of Dubrovnik on Sunday with the message that the European Union enlargement process should continue ad that same criteria must apply to all aspirant countries in process of their joining the bloc.
The conference was attended by former European Commission President Jacques Santer, Croatian MEP Dubravka Suica, former MEP Doris Pack.
"As a member of the European Union and NATO, Croatia should be a bridge towards aspirant countries from our neighbourhood but also their corrective mechanism on that path," Suica said.
"Our foreign policy priority is Bosnia and Herzegovina's progress," Suica said adding that it was time for Bosnia to switch from a post-Dayton state into a modern country clearly oriented towards Europe.
"Croatia is Serbia's partner on its European path, but Serbia must meet all the criteria as every other country," Suica said commenting on the process of Serbia's entering the bloc.
Pack agreed that same criteria must apply to all EU aspirants.
The conference was also attended by MEPs Michael Gahler and Jan Olbrycht, former MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijten and other prominent guests.