Zagreb, 23-24 October, 2015 

ZAGREB  RESOLUTION

We, the representatives of parliamentary represented political parties from Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania and Bulgaria

Recognizing the differences in our political ideologies and party platforms,

Recalling the relatively different historical, political, economic and social paths our states have followed,

Noting that the present-day interests of our states do not always coincide,

Acknowledging that the prolonged financial crisis and the persistent inflows of refugees and migrants from conflict-torn regions have placed enormous strain on our countries’ economies and/or on inter-country relations, 

Deploring the insufficient unity of European Union Member States and the slow decision-making processes of the Union which threaten the future of the European project and its citizens, yet

Attempting to overcome our personal and political biases through respect for and dialogue with our political opponents,

Identifying that our states share common domestic and international challenges in the areas of youth unemployment, energy diversification and security, transport connectivity, refugee and migratory crisis, and foreign policy,

Believing in the importance of cooperation as the foundation for further growth, development and democratization,

Recognizing that political stability is the foundation for economic development and growth,

PROMOTE the initiation of a broader, deeper and nationally balanced debate on the future of the European Union and its institutions,

URGE for the equal treatment of all EU Member States and their residents, while respecting our cultural diversity,

SUPPORT the cooperation in the Baltic-Adriatic-Black Sea region, in particular in the areas of economy, security, transport, energy, and research and innovation.

CALL for the further and sustainable economic development of “new” EU Member States, through the improvement of the single market, and promotion of entrepreneurship, knowledge-intensive manufacturing, the exploration of new markets, and economies of scale,

BACK the improvement of the transport connectivity between the states of the Baltic-Adriatic-Black Sea region as a foundation for the intensification of business, cultural and political exchange,

STRESS the importance of young generations for both economic development and social concord and

CALL for increased opportunities for their early involvement in positions of responsibility in the political and economic sectors,

EMPHASIZE the importance of energy diversification and collaboration between “new” Member States for the reduction of their energy dependency which places significant strain on national economies, and CALL for an active approach on local, regional and EU level towards the diversification of energy sources and supply,

REQUEST a common European Union approach, taking into consideration the point of view of “transit” countries, towards the lasting tackling of the refugee and migratory crisis which shows no indication of slowing down.

CALL all key national and European Union actors to respect the fundamental European values and provide real solutions instead of looking for short-term political gain.

CALL for new content and ideas to address the contemporary challenges our countries and the broader European Union face

Većina "novih" članica Europske unije polako izranja iz duboke recesije koja ih je usporavala. Ali, usporedno s tim pozitivnim događanjima, pojavljuju se ekonomski, ekološki i sigurnosni izazovi koji ugrožavaju stabilnost i napredak cijelog tog područja. Nijednom od novih izazova ne može se prići izolirano, i ne može ih riješiti jedna zemlja članica. Ti izazovi zahtijevaju cjelovit i zajednički odgovor u kojem različite političke opcije i različiti državni interesi mogu naći zajednički interes i prema tome, zajedničko rješenje.

Kako bi se navedenim izazovima pristupilo strukturirano, cjelovito i želeći pokrenuti konkretnu suradnju, iDEMO Institut za demokraciju pokrenuo je višegodišnju transnacionalnu inicijativu fokusiranu na regiju Baltik – Jadran – Crno more. Prvi događaj koji je bio izveden u sklopu Inicijative je Prvi Summit mladih političkih lidera novih zemalja članica EU: “Nova Europa: Europe of Ideas”  koji  se održao u listopadu 2015. godine s ciljem da poveže mladu generaciju političara u regiji i omogući im razmjenu iskustava, ideja i najboljih praksi.  

Jedan od glavnih rezultata bila je izrada „Zagrebačke rezolucije“, koja je pokazala ne samo razumijevanje nego i brigu i zajednički interes za suočavanje i rješavanje problema srodnih svima u regiji. 

INTRODUCING THE BALTIC-ADRIATIC-BLACK SEA  INITIATIVE (BABSI) 

In order to address the above presented challenges in a structured, comprehensive and cooperative manner, and ensure the resilience of the eastward enlargement, iDEMO Institute for Democracy has initiated a multi-annual, transnational initiative focused on the Baltic-Adriatic-Black Sea region. In particular, twelve EU Member States are included in the initiative, namely Croatia, Slovenia, the three Baltic states (Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia), the Visegrád states (Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary), Bulgaria, Romania and Austria. The main objective is to provide national elites in all spheres of life with the opportunity to cross national, sectoral and ideological frontiers, identifying opportunities for cooperation and regional revival. Planned events will stretch over a wide range of sectors, including politics, economics and business, culture and identity, trans-border cooperation, energy and transport, environment, security, and education and entrepreneurship.

The Baltic-Adriatic-Black Sea Initiative was launched on 23-24 October, 2015 in Zagreb, Croatia with the 1st Summit “Nova Europa: Europe of Ideas” of young political leaders from “new” EU Member States. Political party representatives, members of national assemblies and the European Parliament, presented their views on the challenges the BABSI region faces, and the approach proposed by their respective political parties for the resolving of those challenges. The outcome was the drafting of the Zagreb Resolution summarizing all identified issues and proposing joint solutions on regional level, and is also to serve as the foundation for iDEMO’s future work.

1ST SUMMIT “NOVA EUROPA: EUROPE OF IDEAS” OF YOUNG POLITICAL LEADERS FROM “NEW” EU MEMBER STATES

Download full document of BABSI Zagreb resolution by clicking HERE

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