Head of the Croatian EPP Delegation Dubravka Šuica with Croatian members of European Parliament and in colaboration with Academia Cravatica in European Parliament started a written declaration inviting the European Commission to introduce European Tie Day. In this way, this fancy garment would be recognized as part of the European cultural heritage, identity, communication and design, and for European nations to preserve and strengthen mutual ties and links with the rest of the world because the tie is at the same time perceived as Croatian, European and world's.
"We want 'to brand' Croatia in various fields and this is one way we can contribute to the overall positive image of our Croatia," said MP Dubravka Suica.
The initiative was supported by colleagues from Germany, Bulgaria, Slovenia and other countries. If during the next three months, more than half a Euro-parliamentarians, ie. 376 of them, signs this written statement, according to the rules of the EP it is submitted to the European Commission and the Council for consideration.
Tie, a stylish scarf worn as part of uniforms around the neck of Croatian soldiers, was accepted by the French court, and it eventually became an indispensable item of clothing whose popularity gradually grew in Europe and around the world. In 17th century the tie was carried by the Croatian horsemen across Europe, and in 1643 Louis XIII. established the Regiment "Royal-Croates" who Louis XIV. renamed into "Royal-Cravates". The tie has been typical for Europeans for a long time and it represents the European spirit and European values, but over time has become a symbol of European fashion. Since October 18th 2008. in Croatia we celebrate the "Tie Day".