The Croatian Prime Minister has been recognised with the Steiger Award in the Europe category and on receiving the award emphasised the need for European unity in these testing times, presumably a swipe at the Brexit situation.
He said that Europe is facing the biggest challenges since World War II, and added that "Not even the biggest EU countries can deal with all the problems alone. That's why the key is in unity and that's the point of the European Union."
The Steiger Award is a recognition given by the German organisation to a person who has greatly contributed to the construction of a European community.
"I see this award also as recognition to my fellow citizens in the building of a European Croatia," added Plenkovic.