June 30, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC congratulates
on becoming the 28th member state of the European Union.
"This is wonderful news," said AJC Executive Director
. "We have long been admirers of the ambitious vision of the EU's founders, against the backdrop of
past wars, to create a zone of peace, open borders, enhanced commerce, and greater understanding.
membership now further expands that zone."
for its remarkably successful journey during a relatively short time span—just over two decades—to reach this milestone occasion. It augurs well for the people of
and for the Balkans. With the former Yugoslav republics of
now part of the EU, as well as
, and others in the neighborhood seeking to follow suit, we can envision an entirely new era for this promising region, which in the past was too often synonymous with conflict and enmity."
AJC has maintained close contact with officials in
capital, as well as with Croatian diplomats in the U.S., at the UN, and in
, and representatives of the Croatian Jewish community, which was profoundly devastated in the Second World War.
SOURCE American Jewish Committee