Croatia’s EU presidency comes at a crucial time

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia’s first-ever presidency within the European Union will come at come at a “crucial interval” for the 28-nation bloc, outgoing EU chief Donald Tusk stated Tuesday.

The EU’s latest member might find yourself in command of launching the bloc’s post-Brexit negotiations with Britain, the European Council president stated after talks with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.

Croatia, which joined the EU in 2013, takes over the bloc’s six-month rotating chairmanship originally of January whereas Britain’s departure from the bloc is now set for Jan. 31.

“Your process just isn’t straightforward,” stated Tusk. “It is going to be a crucial interval for the EU and we will probably be relying in your regular management.”

Tusk expressed confidence in Croatia’s preparation for the job, including that Croatia additionally must concentrate on the EU’s enlargement agenda and the unstable Western Balkans.

EU aspirations within the Western Balkans have been dealt a blow after France and the Netherlands blocked the opening of membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania.

“I deeply consider that you simply (Croatia) will do every little thing in your energy to revive EU unity and enlargement whereas demonstrating optimistic EU engagement within the area,” Tusk stated.

Tusk was in Zagreb, the Croatian capital, for a gathering of the European Individuals’s Social gathering, the principle center-right bloc within the European Parliament. The Polish politician is anticipated to be elected the chief of the alliance through the two-day gathering.

“I’m leaving the EU in good palms,” he stated.

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