EC President Ursula von der Leyen (Photo: Kacper Pempel/REUTERS) EC President Ursula von der Leyen (Photo: Kacper Pempel/REUTERS)

Croatia is the second of the first three EU member states European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will visit, having already stopped off in Paris and scheduled to travel to Warsaw on Thursday. Ahead of her arrival Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman said that during Croatia’s 2020 presidency of the Council of the European Union from January 1st until June 30th it wants to prove to the world that it is a deserving member of the EU.

Commissioner von der Leyen has called on member states to submit their candidates for members of her commission by August 26th. So far however, only 16 of the 28 member states have done so, with a total of ten male and six female candidates. Von der Leyen has called on them to each propose two candidates, one male and one female, but so far not one member state has respected her wish.

Speaking in Dubrovnik on Sunday night Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said that Commission President von der Leyen’s arrival in Croatia at such an early stage in her mandate is significant because of the public's perception of Croatia's weight as the most recent member of the European Union, which will be presiding over the Council of the European Union for the first time in 2020.

Source: HRT