(Photo: Davor Javorovic/PIXSELL) (Photo: Davor Javorovic/PIXSELL)

Croatia, as a recipient of EU development funds and the chair of the EU's next mandate of the rotating presidency during the first six months of 2020, will play an integral role in shaping policy moving forward.

The purpose of the meeting is to enhance cooperation among member countries regarding cohesion policy in the final stage of negotiations on the long-term EU budget for the upcoming 2021 to 2027 period, which, will see less money made available for recipient countries. Croatia, as it stands now, will see six percent less funding.

The Cohesion Fund is a financial tools set up to implement the regional policy of the European Union and to reduce regional disparities in income, wealth and opportunities. And while Europe's poorer regions receive most of the support, all European regions are eligible for funding. The current Regional Policy framework is set to expire in 2020.

The prime minister will be received by his host, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš this evening, and meet with members of the Croatian community in the Czech Republic.

Source: HRT