The European Parliament continued its plenary session today with a debate on the situation in the Schengen area and the external borders of the European Union.
Croatia received majority support for joining the Schengen border are. Also addressed was the issue of continued EU enlargement in the region, an issue Croatia has long advocated, and one it made a point of during its presidency of the Council of the European Union.
“European Parliament supports the policy of enlargement. It is the expression of a collective effort to ensure that the policy of enlargement be seen as a process that is important for reform of the European Union as well. The policy of enlargement cannot be viewed as some sort of second rate policy or political process,” said Croatian MEP Tonino Picula (SDP/S&D).
Meanwhile, in the fall a union-wide debate on the future of Europe is expected to begin. The two year project, known as the Conference on the Future of Europe, is being chaired by the European Commission Vice-president and the Commissioner for Democracy and Demography, Croatia's Dubravka Šuica (HDZ/EPP), who explained why the project has been delayed: “The problem isn't with the European Commission or the European Parliament, the problems is the inability to reach an agreement within the council, because all three institutions are supposed to sign a joint declaration that would in fact be the foundational document from which we would initiate the Conference on the Future of Europe, and this is one of the primary reasons that we have not initiated it yet, obviously that together with the coronavirus pandemic.”
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