EU heads of state and government have gathered in Brussels for three days of negotiations on the focus and scope of the bloc’s Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), spanning the 2021 to 2027 period.
Following a clear breakdown in the negotiations, the talks have been postponed indefinitely. Speaking to reporters today, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković declined to comment on whether the extraordinary summit of EU leaders would result in a compromise deal on the MFF, saying only that he would strive to achieve the best possible result for Croatia.
Prime Minister Plenković said that during his bilateral meeting with the President of the European Council Charles Michel he advocated issues of importance to Croatia, such as cohesion policy and demographic revitalization.
Two major blocs within the union are at odds, the so-called “Frugal Four” comprised of Austria, Denmark, The Netherlands and Sweden, who want to limit budget spending, and a larger group of economically weaker states who want to see richer member states contribute more to the budget.
Asked if there are any signs that either side might relent, Plenković replied that if so he was yet to see it. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, whose country is among those most in favor of cutting the EU budget, said on Friday morning that she did not believe there would be an agreement among EU member states this weekend.
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