Croatia’s upcoming EU Presidency discussed in Zagreb
On 5 December, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius met with the State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia Andreja Metelko-Zgombić.
The meeting discussed priorities for Croatia’s EU Presidency and key items on the EU agenda, including the multiannual financial framework (MFF), fight against climate change, internal market, transport and energy, migration, EU enlargement, and relations with the European Union's neighbors.
Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister stressed that the Croatian Presidency’s priorities were in line with Lithuania’s expectations. “The reduction of differences among EU member states, a just and fair transition to a clean economy, the further deepening of the single market, and the focus on social issues are among Croatia’s priorities that are also of particular interest to Lithuania”, said A. Zananavičius.
The Foreign Vice-Minister called on Croatia to actively seek the agreement on the multiannual financial framework for the 2021-2027 period, to explore ways to mitigate the planned cuts to the Cohesion policy, to ensure a level playing field for all farmers, and to finance important infrastructure links in the region.
The forthcoming EU-Western Balkans Summit in Zagreb on 7 May and the EU Eastern Partnership Summit in June 2020 in Brussels will be important for strengthening the EU’s relations with its neighbors.
“The EU must remain open to all European countries that have chosen a European orientation, foster European values, and are consistent with the reform path agreed with the EU,” said A. Zananavičius.
The Lithuanian Foreign Vice-Minister also stressed that during the Croatian EU Presidency, the unsafe threat posed by the Ostrovets nuclear power plant should be continuously raised at EU level.
Croatia will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 January.