ZAGREB, April 15, 2019 – Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Marija Pejčinović Burić on Monday unveiled a government action plan for the Croatian EU presidency which determines the content of the presidency, logistics, human resources and a schedule of important meetings.
“This is the biggest task state administration has ever had and therefore it requires a special approach and the activation of everyone, both in state administration and outside of it, such as professionals, representatives of civil society, the Croatian parliament and many others,” Pejčinović Burić said at a cabinet meeting.
Croatia takes over the six-month rotating EU presidency on 1 January 2020, and Pejčinović Burić said that the action plan was also a guide to the public on the significance and functions of the presidency.
“This is a good way to keep track of everything that is done. We have drawn from the experience of others. This is a major task for both large and small member states, those that do it for the first time and those that held the presidency before. It is important that we prepare the presidency well, and this is a good opportunity for Croatia to show that it is ready to implement all activities as a member state,” the foreign minister said.
The National and University Library building will serve as the headquarters of the Croatian EU presidency where most formal activities and meetings will take place.
About 30 high-level events will take place in Croatia during its EU presidency, a summit of heads of state and government, 20 informal councils of ministers and conferences, and four major events that will be organised by the Croatian parliament.
Most of the activities will take place in Zagreb, but some will be organised outside the capital to promote other parts of the country, Pejčinović Burić said.
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