‘A strong Europe in a world of challenges’

Croatia, the last EU Member State to have formally joined the bloc, back in January 2013, will be holding its first rotating Council Presidency during the first six months of this year.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković presented his country’s Council Presidency priorities earlier on today to the European Parliament and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

Plenković explained that his country’s Presidency will be focusing on a Europe that is developing, a Europe that connects, a Europe that protects, and a Europe that influences.

Today’s meeting provided the opportunity to further develop ways to achieve the goals of the Presidency, as well as properly tackle current issues which are most prevalent in the EU at the moment.

Considering ‘A strong Europe in a world of challenges’ as is the Presidency’s motto, Prime Minister Plenković outlined the following elements when speaking of each priority the Presidency has.

A Europe that Develops
Croatia notes that having the Presidency of the Council of the EU is in itself an opportunity to further ensure better conditions for all of the EU and its citizens through balanced and sustainable growth.

A Europe that Connects
The Presidency notes that the European Union should be in a position to adequately respond to the challenges of the 21st century. The Presidency is committed towards a Europe that has a holistic network economy and uses its full potential.

A Europe that Protects
The Presidency notes that Europe should guarantee the freedom of every citizen as a pillar of a democratic society. As such, whilst fully aware of the importance of protecting Europe’s citizens, the Presidency will advocate for a far-reaching, comprehensive and sustainable migration policy.

An influential Europe
The Presidency acknowledges that they EU has to take a leading role on the international stage. The EU’s trading power should be used to expand the Union’s influence, further shape global order, eradicate poverty and stimulate global development.

Plenković also spoke of other works the Croatian Presidency will be focusing on, namely an agreement on the Multiannual Financial Framework, the orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU and preparations for the Conference on the Future of Europe.

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