Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, January to June 2020

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Overview and information relating to the Croatian presidency of the Council of the European Union, running from 1 January to 30 June 2020.

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Croatia took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 January 2020. This was the first occasion since its accession to the European Union. The motto of the Croatian Presidency is 'A strong Europe in a world of challenges'.

The presidency programme focuses on four main priorities:

  • A Europe that develops;
  • A Europe that connects;
  • A Europe that protects;
  • An influential Europe.

The priorities of the rotating presidency were discussed in several sectoral meetings of the Council of the European Union as well as by the plenary of the European Parliament (14 January). Ministers also outlined the priorities of the Croatian Presidency to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings.

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Commentary and Analysis
Balkan Insight, 05/11/2019: Enlargement ‘Hot Potato’ Awaits Croatia During its EU Presidency
Politico, 04/12/2019: EU leaders task Croatia with figuring out how to talk about the bloc’s future
EPRS: Briefing, December 2019: Priority dossiers under the Croatian EU Council Presidency
Deutsche Welle, 31/12/2019: Croatia's EU presidency: What will it bring for Europe?
The Irish Times, 02/01/2020: The Irish Times view on Croatia’s EU presidency: A chance for growth

EurActiv, 31/10/2019: Croatia unveils look and feel of next year’s EU presidency
VOA News, 20/11/2019: EU's Tusk: Croatia's EU Presidency Comes at Critical Time
Hungary Today, 29/11/2019: Orbán: Croatian EU Presidency Aims ‘Close to Our Heart’
EurActiv, 11/12/2019: Croatia foreign minister: We will defend regional, farm funding in new EU budget
The New York Times, 02/01/2020: PM Says Croatia's EU Presidency Specific and Demanding
RFE/RL, 02/01/2020: Croatia Will Work To Restart EU Talks With North Macedonia, Albania
EurActiv, 02/01/2020: Croatia priorities at EU helm: Brexit, enlargement
The Brussels Times, 07/01/2020: Croatia takes over EU presidency with ambitious programme but faces tough challenges
EUObserver, 09/01/2020: Croatia's EU presidency optimism beset by problems
EurActiv, 09/01/2020: Croatia highlights its Schengen and Eurozone ambitions

Official Website of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Work Programme of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
European Commission: Press Release, 25/06/2019: European Commission appoints new Head of Representation in Croatia and an Adviser for the preparation of the country's Council Presidency
European Council: Press Release, 09/01/2020: Remarks by President Charles Michel after his meeting with Prime Minister of Croatia Andrej Plenković
European Parliament: Press Release, 14/01/2020: Croatian Presidency priorities discussed in the European Parliament
European Commission: News, 14/01/2020: A strong Europe in a world of challenges: von der Leyen reflects on the priorities of the Croatian Presidency
European Commission: Press Release, 23/01/2020: Croatian Presidency outlines priorities to EP committees

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