Donald Tusk and Andrej Plenković (Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL) Donald Tusk and Andrej Plenković (Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL)

Ahead of tomorrow's 26th electoral congress of the European People's Party, which will be held in Zagreb, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković met with future party president and current President of the Council of the European Union Donald Tusk at the government offices today.

Over the next three days, numerous high ranking guests from around 40 countries will be arriving in Croatia, including Angela Merkel, Jean Claude Juncker and Ursula von der Leyen.

Today a meeting of the European People's Party presidency and assembly is being held, bodies that define the party's policy.

The new president of the People's Party will be officially chosen in Zagreb tomorrow, however it is already clear that this will be Donald Tusk, the only candidate.

The European People's Party gathers Christian democratic, conservative and other parties to the right of centre.

Minister of Foreign and European Policy Gordan Grlić Radman said that holding the electoral congress in Zagreb is a good preparation for Croatia's approaching chairmanship over the European Union.

“The fact that this electoral congress, for the first time in such a format, is being held in Croatia speaks firstly of the importance of Croatia and its influence in the European People's Party. There are many influential politicians and people who form and influence policies in Europe, so we are very proud to be the hosts of such a big gathering, with over 2 000 delegates, from around 40 countries,” said Grlić Radman.

With 182 mandates, the People's Party is the biggest group in European Parliament. The President of the European People’s Party's club of representatives Manfred Weber announced the main topics of the gathering for Croatian radio.

“Zagreb will be in the centre of European debate, and we want to care about people's interests. That is what we have to do as politicians, to stop illegal migration, to be clear that we have to create jobs, that people are not forced anymore to leave their home region to go to another country to earn money. We have to create jobs all over Europe. And we have to manage that we as Europeans are still capable to achieve our climate targets, so we want to be an environmentally friendly continent,” said Weber.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković met today with the head negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier, and tomorrow, among others, he will meet with the German Chancellor and the prime ministers of Ireland, Austria, Bulgaria and Greece.

Source: HRT