Croatian Foreign Minister Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic to Speak on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, 10 a.m., at the Library of Congress in Washington
This is a free event open to the public.
Croatian Foreign Minister Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic to
Speak on Feb. 14
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Croatian minister for
foreign affairs and European integration, will give a
speech titled “Croatia: Partnerships, Priorities and
Progress” at the Library of Congress at 10 a.m. on
Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson
Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
The event, which is sponsored by the Library’s John W.
Kluge Center, is free and open to the public; no
tickets or reservations are required.
Grabar-Kitarovic became foreign minister in 2005, and
her main task in that role is to guide Croatia into
the European Union and NATO. In October 2005, the
European Union opened membership talks with Croatia.
Grabar-Kitarovic’s speech will address Croatia’s
desire to join the European Union and the country’s
relationship to Europe.
A native of Rijeka, Croatia, Grabar-Kitarovic lived
for a while in the United States, where she attended
Los Alamos High School in Los Alamos, N.M. Soon after
her graduation from the University of Zagreb in
Croatia, she began her diplomatic career as adviser to
the International Cooperation Department of the
Ministry of Science and Technology of Croatia. She
later became head of the North American Department of
the Foreign Ministry and was assigned to the Croatian
Embassy in Canada. In 2003, Grabar-Kitarovic was
elected to the Croatian parliament.
Through a generous endowment from John W. Kluge, the
Library of Congress established the Kluge Center in
2000. The center brings leading scholars together with
key Washington policymakers to discuss important world
issues, drawing on the Library’s incomparable national
and international collections. For information about
the fellowships, grants and programs offered by the
Kluge Center, visit www.loc.gov/kluge .