(Photo: Goran Stanzl/PIXSELL) (Photo: Goran Stanzl/PIXSELL)

The mandate was based on the four priorities of development, connectivity, protection, and European Global influence, and was united under the motto: 'A Strong Europe in a World of Challenges'. The government stressed this encapsulated the vision of a Europe acting for the benefit of its Member States and citizens.

January and February proceeded as planned but in March the novel coronavirus started spreading across Europe.

After lockdown measures were introduced all over Europe, more than sixty video conferences were held, including six virtual meetings by heads of state or government. All Council formations held virtual meetings, some a number of times.

In the new circumstances of the global pandemic, the Croatian presidency had to change and adapt its program.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said at the last video summit that most plans and priorities had to be rearranged due to the virus, and instead focus on what was most important: the safety of European citizens.

At the same time, European Council President Charles Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen have congratulated Plenković on a successful presidency.

Source: HRT