I was born on the outer Croatian island of Mali Lošinj in the northern Adriatic and raised in the stony coastal city of Šibenik. My life is marked by the sea and I have always passionately returned to it in both my private and political life. In my previous positions, I have served, amongst others, as Foreign Minister, Mayor and Member of Parliament. Throughout my entire professional career I have always understood and admired the deep and bittersweet bond between islanders and the sea that connects and separates them from the world at the same time. Every island is a stunning cosmos for itself, a unique community worth preserving and fighting for – a mission I happily commit to.

Complex and cross-cutting issues affecting European islands demand a matching response – one that can only be offered by a coordinated group of passionate people with strong expertise in various fields, with our Intergroup in a nutshell. During next the 4 years our plan is through conferences, written declarations and communication with different stakeholders to develop and put on the agenda concrete proposals and answer many issues affecting European islands and islanders - 15 million of them inhabiting 500 European islands making the equivalent of the 9th most populated Member State. Only through cross-sectorial and cross-national cooperation can we develop and promote meaningful quality policies that will successfully address issues such us depopulation, energy or economic unsustainability. Our Intergroup sends a clear message that the European Parliament cares and that islander's voice will be heard.

Meeting "How to take into account specific characteristics of islands?"


Conference "Which Place-Based Approach to EU Investments? A case study on Islands and Outermost Regions"  link

 Conference "Toward a circular economy and sustainable tourism on islands" link

Conference "How can the post 2020 Cohesion Policy meet EU Islands challenges?"  link


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What is an Intergroup?

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup is one of the 28 Intergroups that were approved on 11 December 2014 by the Conference of Presidents. Intergroups can be formed by MEPs from any political group and any parliamentary committee with a view to holding informal exchanges of views on particular issues and to promoting contact between MEPs and civil society.

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup brings together more than 80 MEPs from six different political groups and from 19 Member States.

Intergroups are not Parliament bodies and therefore may not express Parliament's opinion.

Intergroups are subject to internal rules adopted by the Conference of Presidents on 16 December 1999 (last updated on 11 September 2014), which set out the conditions under which intergroups may be established at the beginning of each parliamentary term and their operating rules.