Croatia began its six-year Presidency of the Council of the European Union on January 1, 2020.
The representative of this Balkan country will head the EU Council for 6 months, after which he will “transfer” the chairmanship to Germany.
By the New Year's Eve, the EU had approved the program of Croatian Presidency, which is set up under the motto "A Strong Europe in a world of challenges" and has four priorities: an Evolving Europe; Uniting Europe; Protecting Europe; influential Europe.
Ukraine is not on the list of official priorities of the Presidency.
The brief program on the Council of the EU website makes no mention of either Ukraine or Eastern Partnership.
In a more detailed document in the Croatian language prepared by the chairmanship, Ukraine was mentioned twice - both in the context of Eastern Partnership and as an important bilateral direction for the European Union, European Pravda reports.
"The Croatian Presidency will continue to work on meeting the objectives of the Eastern Partnership’s policy and will further develop cooperation with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, supporting the reform processes, especially in the face of the challenges they face. During the Croatian Presidency, the goals and priorities for the period post 2020 will be discussed, the Eastern Partnership Summit will take place in this context.
As we reported earlier, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković accepted the invitation of the head of the Ukrainian state, Volodymyr Zelensky, to visit Ukraine.
Plenković would arrive in Ukraine in the first half of 2020, during the Croatian Presidency of the EU Council.
The Croatian government will soon appoint a co-chair of the Joint Intergovernmental Ukrainian-Croatian Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation to boost trade and investment between the two countries.