State visit to Croatia: Day 3
The King and Queen are welcomed to Škaulj Winery, in the organic agricultural area of Nedin near Benkovac. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix
On Thursday 18 April, The King and Queen concluded their state visit to Croatia.
The King and Queen began the day by visiting Zadar, a town in north Dalmatia. Zadar is an industrial and tourist town, and The King and Queen were welcomed by Stipe Zrilić, Governor of Zadar County, and Zvonimir Vrančić, Mayor of Zadar. The King and Queen were received on the terrace of the governor's residence by Minister for Tourism Darko Lorencin, Croatia's ambassador to Sweden Vladimir Matek and Mirjana Mladineo, Foreign Policy Adviser to the President of Croatia.
The King and Queen are given a guided tour of Zadar, a town in north Dalmatia. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix
The King and Queen were then given a guided tour of the town, including the waterside, the main street and the town square. During their tour, The King and Queen visited the Museum of Ancient Glass. Museum Director Ivo Fadić welcomed them and showed them around the museum. The King and Queen then visited St. Simeon's Church. Lunch was served at the Foša restaurant, and was hosted by Governor Stipe Zrilić. During lunch, Governor Zrilić and Minister for Tourism Darko Lorencin spoke about the importance of EU membership for the region. Chairman of the European Integration Committee Daniel Mondekar provided information about Croatia's accession to the EU. After lunch, The King and Queen travelled by bus to the organic agricultural area of Nedin near Benkovac. En route to Nedin, they passed areas that were hit hard by the war of 1991-95. Minister Lorencin and ambassadors Fredrik Vahlquist and Darko Matek spoke about the region.
The King and Queen greet 86-year-old Kristina Škaulj during their visit to Škaulj Winery near Zadar. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix
The King and Queen visited Škaulj Winery, where they were welcomed by owner Šime Škaulj. He spoke about the vineyards and the organic agricultural area, which is part of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The project is part of the Green Business Support Programme, within COAST (Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in the Dalmatian Coast). The project includes aspects relating to green business, the EU, biological diversity, organic farming, tourism, rural development and the recovery of a region that suffered during the war of the 1990s. The project is being run by UNDP, with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), of which Sweden is a major financial backer. After their visit to Nedin, The King and Queen concluded their state visit to Croatia.