ZAGREB – Feud over accusations in the plenary

Croatian EPP MEPs regret that they were the only Croatian representatives during a heated plenary discussion on EU migration in the European Parliament in which progressives attacked the humanitarian situation of refugees on the Croatia-Bosnia border. HDZ deputies have stated that the “problem is of national interest and should, therefore, have been addressed by all national MEPs”. 

“It is entirely unacceptable that Croatian S&D MEPs did not want to state their position while members of their political group were slandering Croatian reputation before the European public”, said Karlo Ressler (HDZ, EPP) in a statement.

HDZ MEPs Tomislav Sokol, Karlo Ressler, Suncana Glavak and Zeljana Zovko resolutely dismissed the allegations of inhumane treatment, stressing that Croatia had not put up fencing or barriers on its border unlike other countries and that Croatian police were ruthless only towards people smugglers.

Valter Flego (IDS, RE), who regretted not having the opportunity to take part in the discussion, said Croatia should use its EU presidency to defining vague EU policies on migration. He also added that Croatia “strictly opposes any violation of human life and liberties”. ECR MEP Ruža Tomašić told EURACTIV that she had spoken on the topic numerous times in the past, and was therefore not been given speaking time by her group.

Even though we have contacted S&D and N/A MEPs asking for clarifications, they have not yet responded.

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