Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman held a working meeting in Zagreb with ambassadors and permanent representatives of Croatia on Monday as part of ongoing preparations for Croatia's presidency of the Council of the European Union during the first six months of 2020.
The foreign minister said that Southeast Europe was one of the main priorities of Croatia's term at the head of the EU because. Grlić Radman said Croatia was a steadfast supporter of further EU expansion in the region, noting that a stable and prosperous Southeast Europe would also guarantee greater security.
For his part, the prime minister said that next year's Zagreb summit meeting of EU member states and Southeast European countries, also referred to as the Western Balkans, would benefit existing members and those hoping to join the continent's single market.
And in terms of direct benefits for Croatia, Plenković added that the summit would help to further promote Croats in the region, namely as an equal and constituent ethnic group in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as communities living in Serbia.
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