President Meets with Outgoing EC President Juncker

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ZAGREB, June 8, 2019 – President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović on Friday held a working lunch with outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who was on his first official visit to Croatia.

The two officials discussed the recent elections for the European Parliament, Croatia’s priorities during its chairmanship of the European Council and the negative demographic trends in the EU, the president’s office said in a press release.

“The President reflected on analysts’ conclusions stating that voter turnout for this year’s elections was higher… the President pointed out that voter turnout at the EU level was the highest in 20 years – 50.95% while in Croatia 30% of voters cast their ballots – more than in the 2014 elections for the European Parliament, when voter turnout stood at just over 25%,” the press release said.

In reference to Croatia’s accession to the Schengen Area and the eurozone, President Grabar-Kitarović stressed that these are strategic goals for the country.

Croatia has made significant progress in meeting all recommendations with the aim of entering the Schengen Area and we are determined to meet all the criteria so that this is achieved as soon as possible, Grabar-Kitarović emphasized, voicing her expectation that EU member states will support Croatia’s ambition.

More news about European Commission can be found in the Politics section.


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