Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman (Photo: Davorin Visnjic/PIXSELL) Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman (Photo: Davorin Visnjic/PIXSELL)

Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman announced plans to introduce a more active foreign policy agenda, especially in terms of economic diplomacy. He also said that Croatia is ready to assume the role of president of the Council of the European Union.

"I don't think we need to specially emphasize the fact that as of January 1st next year Zagreb will be the center of the European Union. Some may say, a small country, it's not. From a German perspective I can tell you that we have strong support, but there are also big expectations," Grlić Radman said.

Minister Grlić Radman was also received by President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović on Friday. The two discussed the current foreign policy situation and Croatia's upcoming EU presidency. The president's office issued a statement after their meeting.

"The President stressed the importance of strengthening the Foreign Service during the mandate of new Minister Grlic Radman, so that the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs can successfully represented and protect Croatian national interests and responded to the challenges of the presidency of the Council of the European Union," the statement read.

Source: HRT