Croatia’s first stint presiding over the Council of the European Union lasted from January 1st until June 30th when it handed the position off to Germany.
Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman presented a report on Croatia’s recent EU presidency to MPs today, calling it a resounding success. One of the key focuses of Croatia’s presidency, Grlić Radman said, was on putting the issue of continued EU enlargement back on the agenda.
"In spite of the challenges the union is facing, we succeeded in bringing the issue of continued enlargement back into focus, and reaffirmed a credible and effective enlargement policy," Grlić Radman said.
Opposition MPs however, were somewhat less enthusiastic. The SDP’s Rajko Ostojić called it catastrophic, while MOST MP Nikola Grmoja questioned why Croatia hadn’t used its presidency to pressure Serbia into meeting its obligations towards Croatia.
"It is interesting that Croatia's priority is Serbia's speedy accession to the EU, when its priority should be about meeting obligations," Grmoja said.