ZAGREB, June 8, 2020 – Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the priorities of the presidency over the Council of the European Union and the reactivation of the economy and tourist season, during their video conference on Monday, the Croatian government stated.
Croatia is the current chair of the Council of the EU, and in the second half of 2020, Germany assumes the chairmanship.
Plenkovic outlined Croatia’s plans for the Conference on the Future of Europe.
The German chancellor congratulated Croatia and the premier on the country’s successful first presidency, against a backdrop of the unforeseen events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the government says in its press release.
The virtual EU-Western Balkan Summit Meeting and the forthcoming EU-Eastern Partnership summit are gaining more prominence in such circumstances.
The two interlocutors also pointed to the satisfactory epidemiological developments in their respective countries, which will make it possible for their economies, including the tourist trade, to be reactivated along with gradual recovery of the air transport.
All that is supposed to lead to an increase of tourist arrivals this summer, which is seen as conducive to a faster economic recovery, read the government’s press release.