NGOs Present Their Priorities for Croatia’s EU Chairmanship

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ZAGREB, July 17, 2019 – The Forum 2020, an informal civil society platform, on Wednesday outlined its four priorities during Croatia’s chairmanship of the European Union in the first half of 2020 – a law-based Europe, a Europe of sustainable development, a Europe as a peace-building model, and a Europe with the potential for enlargement.

Forum 2020 is an informal platform of civil society organisations that have gathered in relation to Croatia’s chairmanship of the EU at the start of next year. It comprises more than 20 NGOs and is coordinated by the CROSOL platform, the organisation informed on Wednesday.

The first priority is a democratic Europe of free and responsible people founded on the rule of law and human rights. Forum 2020 advocates a Europe of free, independent and critical NGOs, independent institutions and media.

The second topical priority is a EU that still has the potential for enlargement and one that will stabilise the Western Balkans.

The third is about Europe that is committed to the goals of sustainable development within and beyond its borders and the final priority is the European Union as a global peacebuilder.

All these priorities have been elaborated in detail with concrete demands relating to public policy and have been released on CROSOL’s web site and sent to the Croatian government and foreign ministry.

Members of Forum 2020 include the Centre for Peace Studies, the Network of Croatian Youth, Gong, BaBe, Documenta and the House of Human Rights.

Croatia will take over the chair of the Council of the European Union from Finland on 1 January 2020.

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