ZAGREB, January 22, 2018 – Prime Minister Andrej Plenković will address MEPs at the plenary session of the European Parliament scheduled for 6 February, and discus the future of Europe, the European Parliament’s Information Office said on Monday.
Plenković will be the second European head of state or government to attend a series of debates on the future of the EU, after Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar addressed the European Parliament in January.
European Parliament President Antonio Tajani told Varadkar that ever since he stepped in office a year ago, he had been insisting on the importance of bringing Europe closer to citizens.
They are asking us to come up with solutions which would create jobs, resolve migration routes and step up security and defence. An open debate between MEPs and EU leaders paves the way to crucial dialogue and understanding to the benefit of citizens of this continent. This debate places the European Parliament – the only institution elected directly – where it belongs, in the heart of the debate of the future of Europe, Tajani said.
At the plenary session in February, MEPs will also talk about the work and the results of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Before becoming Prime Minister, Plenković was one of Croatia’s members of the European Parliament, so he knows the institution well.