Prime Minister Andrej Plenković (Photo: Marko Prpic/PIXSELL) Prime Minister Andrej Plenković (Photo: Marko Prpic/PIXSELL)

Speaking after a videoconference of EU leaders on Friday both European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the President of the Council of the European Union Charles Michel applauded Croatia's achievements during its six month EU presidency.

“I would like to congratulate Andrej Plenković. The rotating presidency by Croatia was not an easy task, because of these exceptional circumstances that we face together and continue to face, and I would like to congratulate him for his leadership, for his creativity, for his flexibility,” Michel said

“Also from my part, many, many, many thanks to the Croatian presidency. These were challenging times, but they have been outstanding in mastering an unprecedented task in these times of crisis. So, many thanks on my part too. It was wonderful to work together and of course we are looking forward to intensive work in the council, but thanks very much for this presidency,” added Von der Leyen.

Addressing the post-videoconference press briefing Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said in spite of the coronavirus pandemic and the 5.5 magnitude earthquake that hit Zagreb on March 22nd, Croatia tried to achieve the goals it set out at the beginning of its presidency. One of the key goals was to put the issue of continued EU enlargement in the Western Balkan countries back on the EU's agenda.

“What I am particularly personally pleased with, is that we managed to put back on the agenda the dossier of enlargement, we unblocked the very pessimistic situation of October 2019, and the council passed the decision to open the accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania,” Plenković said.

He also addressed Croatia's efforts to adopt the Euro and join the Eurozone.

“I am very pleased that despite the fact that it was a tough year we managed to fulfill all the criteria in our action plan for the Exchange Rate Mechanism II accession, which is the antechamber for the Eurozone. And we look forward for the decision on our application in July,” Plenković concluded.

Source: HRT