A two-day summit in Brussels wrapped up on Friday without an agreement on who will lead the European Union's most important institutions.
In order to overcome the impasse, EU leaders have scheduled a special summit at the end of the month in order to work out a deal.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković attended an expanded European Council meeting on strengthening the Eurozone. Afterwards, the prime minister commented on the steps Croatia was taking to adopt the Euro single currency.
"We have set the stage for the next step," said Plenković, "and that is the submission of our letter of intent to participate in the Exchange Rate Mechanism II, which will be drafted by the Minister of Finance and the Governor of the Croatian National Bank." This, he said, was the first step towards adopting the Euro single currency.
"We will also submit our national action plan for adopting the euro, which has already been well received," he continued. "This is very important for Croatia and this is what was discussed on the margins of today's summit," concluded the prime minister.
And in more European news, a new Secretary General of the Council of Europe is set to be elected at the organization's Parliamentary Assembly on June 24th. Croatia's Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Marija Pejčinović Burić, and Belgium's Foreign Minister, Didier Reyners, are the two final candidates.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said his foreign minister was "an excellent and experienced candidate" who knows the inner workings of the Council of Europe very well. He added that Pejčinović Burić represented Croatia well during the country's recent chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers and left a "very good impression".
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