(Photo: Wolfgang Kumm/DPA/PIXSELL) (Photo: Wolfgang Kumm/DPA/PIXSELL)

The two ministers discussed topics which included Croatia's presidency of the Council of the European Union during the first six months of 2020, Croatia joining the Schengen Area and the Eurozone, as well as a comprehensive Action Plan signed back in March.

Germany and Croatia agreed to work together on preparing to preside over the Council of the European Union next year, since Germany will take over from Croatia during the second half of 2020.

Minister Maas underlined that joint preparations would require a high level of coordination between Germany and Croatia, not just bilaterally but on the European plane too.

Croatia's chairmanship in the first half of next year comes at an exceptionally important period, which include a new European Commission, and most likely Brexit.

Grlić Radman said Croatia's priorities during their term would be the sustainable development of countries and regions, with special focus on demographic renewal, infrastructure connectivity and citizens' security, with focus on protecting the European Union's external borders.

In this regard, the two ministers discussed Croatia's strategic foreign policy objectives, one of the most important being its accession to the Schengen Area, for which Croatia enjoys Germany's full support.

Germany's stance regarding the protection of the EU's external borders is that more EU funds should be allocated for it.

Source: HRT