The Croatia Forum international conference was first held in 2006 as the meeting of Heads of State and Government on the subject of "Rounding off the South European dimension: the values that link us together" and the key highlights were related to the process of integration with the EU and NATO, and security issues. Back then, Croatia was in its first year of negotiations with the European Union. In June of the same year, Montenegro held a referendum on independence, following which the state of Serbia and Montenegro ceased to exist, and in the beginning of 2006, international negotiations began on the definite status of Kosovo.
The prospect of European integration, and security, were on the agenda, or better yet – they were the common denominator in beginning the mutual dialogue and building confidence in the region.
Next year (2007), the topic of "New South Europe" was again related to the issue of stability and security in Southeast Europe. There slowly matured awareness that without the stability and security of the entire region, there was no economic progress and no progress in the Euro-Atlantic integration. The next Summit in 2008 was held on the subject of "Security, development and prosperity", just three months after Croatia was formally invited to join NATO.
In 2009, the subject was "Europe's strategic imperatives - energy, investment and development." This was after the "gas crisis" in Europe in January of the same year.
In the year when Croatia ended its negotiations (2011), the Summit was looking into the future as in "New Decade for Southeast Europe - completing the transition", and next year (2012), the focus was on the results and achievements of the previous process of "State building and the EU experience".
Last year (2013), when Croatia became full member of the European Union, the Summit was successfully turned into a forum, and the topic that was current then was – and it still is presently - „European energy security" that brought together three Deputy Prime Ministers, seven foreign ministers, state secretaries and many other high-ranking officials.