Prime Minister Andrej Plenković met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris today. This was their second working meeting in a little more than a year. The Croatian Prime Minister presented the program and main aspects of Croatia’s Presidency of the Council of the European union to Macron.
In conjunction with activities regarding Croatia's Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković was in Paris today where he met with French President Emmanuel Macron.
“The meeting with French President Macron is a part of the process of consultations with leaders from the biggest European countries. I remind you of the meeting with Prime Minister Conte in Rome three weeks ago, next week in Berlin with Chancellor Merkel, in the meantime a visit by the President of the European Council Charles Michel and the entire European Commission, as well as an address to the European parliament in Strasbourg on priorities of Croatia's presidency. The aim of these consultations is to see under what dynamics we can work together on the most important political dossiers in these six months. Firstly on an agreement on remaining technical, political and legal aspects of Brexit. The second topic is the multi-year financial framework. The third topic will be the summit in Zagreb between south east European countries and members of the European Union, and the fourth topic the conference on the future of Europe,” said Plenković before the meeting.
Following the meeting French President Macron expressed optimism regarding the summit between EU member states and South east European countries.
“The second bigger topic that is very important for you is the enlargement process and I want the summit in Zagreb in May to be successful. France has proposed a new method for the enlargement process to not only be bureaucratic, but rather a true political path forward, that can be quickened and made reversible, that contains conditions but also concrete benefits for candidate countries. We have already had opportunities to discuss this and we will work on this together. The commission will soon come out with a new methodology that will be an introduction for new negotiations. But I would like to say that I hope the Zagreb summit will be a success for Europe,” said Macron.
Prime Minister Plenković responded saying that Croatia believes there is no alternative to the European perspective for the region around Croatia.
"It is in our interest for those countries to be stable, for them to implement economic and social reforms, for them to ensure political stability and security in that part of Europe but also in mutual relations. And that is why we are glad we will mutually find a solution, whether it is a modification of the enlargement methodology, or concrete progress that, for example, Northern Macedonia or Albania can make in the coming period," said Plenković.
Macron announced a bilateral visit to Zagreb this year, while the Croatian Prime Minister expressed hope that today's meeting will serve as an opportunity for additionally improving bilateral and trade relations between the two countries.