Ceremony to mark the accession to NATO of Albania and Croatia

NATO HQ, Brussels
Tuesday 7 April 2009

Ceremony marks the accession of Albania and Croatia to NATO

7 Apr - On 7 April a ceremony was held at NATO Headquarters in Brussels to mark the accession of Albania and Croatia to the Alliance. The two countries’ flags were raised in the presence of Prime Minister Sali Berisha of Albania and Prime Minister Ivo Sanader of Croatia.


Tuesday 10 March 2009 document audio photo video
09:00 Arrival of all invited guests at the Cour d’Honneur
The SHAPE International Band plays and the SHAPE Honour Guard marches into ceremonial position.
09:45 Flag Raising Ceremony in the Cour d’Honneur.
The national anthems of Albania and Croatia are played as their flags are raised. The NATO hymn is played.
09:50 Opening remarks     photo  
  Remarks by NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer document    
  Remarks by the Dean of the Council Mr Per Poulsen-Hansen, Permanent Representative of Denmark document    
  Remarks by Sali Berisha, Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania document    
  Remarks by Ivo Sanader, Prime Minister of Croatia document    
10:15 Family portrait      
11:00 Joint press briefing by the Prime Ministers of Albania and Croatia   MP3

For the media
NATO Press Release (2009)050 - 6 April 2009
Ceremony to mark the accession to NATO of Albania and Croatia to be held at NATO HQ on Tuesday 7 April 2009
OTAN Communiqué de presse (2009)050 - 6 avril 2009
Cérémonie marquant l’adhésion à l'OTAN de l’Albanie et de la Croatie, qui aura lieu au siège de l'Alliance le mardi 7 avril 2009