Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic received European Council President Charles Michel this afternoon and they discussed an agreement on a new multiannual financial framework with member states during Croatia's EU presidency.
Andrej Plenkovic and Charles Michel addressed the press after the meeting. Plenkovic thanked Michel for visiting Croatia at the beginning of the Presidency.
"We talked about common priorities over the next few months. We presented to Mr Michel key elements of the Croatian Presidency - a Europe that is developing, connecting, protecting and globally influential. We touched on a few topical topics, notably the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework, which is in the final stages, and whose coordination and negotiation the European Council in December has been entrusted by Mr Michel," commented Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.
"The second topic we have discussed is the completion of legal procedures regarding the UK's exit from the European Union. The Brexit theme should be completed by January 31, at least in this first phase. Croatia is ready to complete this work by the end, to secure the consent of the European Parliament, to carry out written procedures and thus conclude this phase of the relationship with previous final decisions in London. We are ready to work on a negotiating the framework for future relations between the United Kingdom and the EU,” added Plenkovic.
“The third topic we discussed was particularly important to us, namely the holding of a summit between the Heads of State and Government of the Member States of the European Union and the countries of Southeast Europe here in Zagreb in early May. We are pleased that Charles Michel has accepted our initiative and that he will work with us both on the preparation and on the conclusions that should determine the dynamics of the future relations of all six neighbouring countries with the European Union,” said the Croatian Prime Minister.
“Croatia is a success story from 2000 to the present, we strengthened our international position and sovereignty with EU membership, enabled better economic development, greater solidarity and greater investment. We wish a similar path, with the fulfilment of the criteria, to all Southeast European countries," concluded Prime Minister Plenkovic.
Charles Michel congratulated Croatia on taking over the Presidency of the Council of Europe.
"The first priority we discussed was the EU budget. The question before us is how to align traditional European policies with challenges such as climate change, migration, innovation and the like,” commented Michel.