18:13 / 21.04.2022.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Plenković addresses support for Ukraine and elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina at cabinet session

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković

Foto: Davorin Visnjic / PIXSELL

At today’s government cabinet session ministers discussed a proposal for aid to poultry and livestock farmers due to the pandemic, as well as approval and guarantees for a new loan by Croatian Rails Infrastructure. At the beginning of the session, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković commented on current topics. He said that he had talked with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and that Croatia would continue to provide political support to Ukraine, and he believed that such a position and opinion was shared by a large number of EU members. He also referred to a conversation with Dragan Čović, who was in Zagreb. The main topic was changes to the Election Law in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the unsuccessful negotiations that are underway.

He mentioned a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“In further support and solidarity with Ukraine, we are asked to continue to provide political support to Ukraine's European path, which we will do,” said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.

“I also talked with the Lithuanian President with whom we share views on these topics and I believe that an increasing number of EU member states are thinking about a similar European perspective of Ukraine as we are,” he added.

Dragan Čović also visited Zagreb, with whom the Prime Minister discussed the need to change the election law.

“If changes do not happen, it will be bad for the functioning of Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is a law that is flawed and does not allow Croats to elect their legitimate representatives. For our part, we have made every effort to create an atmosphere in which an agreement could be reached. We are sorry that the Bosniak parties did not find a common language with the Croatian parties in the last two rounds of negotiations and made a step forward. If the elections are organized in the way they have been so far, we as the Government believe that it will be bad for mutual relations and the functioning of the institutions. We say this as a friend, a partner and someone who wants to help Bosnia and Herzegovina,” said Plenković.

This morning, Plenković met with the Bulgarian Foreign Minister.

“We discussed common ambitions for Schengen, the Eurozone, the OECD, security and economic cooperation,” he said.

“A very important public tender was issued today regarding the National Recovery and Resilience Program, 1.2 billion kuna from the EU for daycare centers and education that we will invest in education in the next five years. Such large interventions and investments in Croatia have not taken place for years,” said Plenković.

Source: HRT

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