The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said on Monday after a wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of the first Croatian President Franjo Tudjman, that the HDZ could be proud of its achievements in the past.
The wreath-laying ceremony was organised on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of this political party.
Plenkovic recalled that President Tudjman and people who had stood up in defence of Croatia had founded the HDZ, and the party accomplished crucial goals in the first 10 years of the independence and freedom of Croatia.
Those goals were creating democratic institutions, the defence of the country against the aggression (during the 1991-1995 war) and the liberation of the occupied territories as well as the reintegration of the Croatian Danube region, and setting out on the journey towards the European Union and NATO, said Plenkovic, adding that the party could be proud of those achievements and the transformation of the legal and economic system as well as of the country's membership of the European Union and NATO.
In the present-day Croatia, the HDZ works on resolving the issues crucial for residents, and they refer to the economy and social inclusion and the party is trying to enable Croatia to position itself well, he added.
Plenkovic said that in 2019, the HDZ was commemorating the 20th anniversary of Tudjman's death and the 30th anniversary of its establishment, and the commemorative events started with the laying of wreaths on Tudjman's grave at the cemetery of Mirogoj.
On Monday evening, the party will hold a special meeting in the Vatroslav Lisinski Hall as well as a football match at the Jarun stadium.