Vlahovic Group and the Croatia-EU Business Council organised a working breakfast in Brussels which aimed to give the business and public policy communities a sense of how preparations for Croatia’s Council of the EU Presidency were developing, and to reflect about some of the sectoral priorities which Croatia might have under its management.
In January 2020 Croatia takes the helm of the rotating presidency over the Council of the EU. This will be Croatia’s inaugural Presidency as part of its Trio that commences in January 2019, and which is comprised of Romania and Finland, as well as Croatia. Speaking about what to expect from the next rotating cycle, Croatia’s Deputy Permanent Representative Ambassador Goran Stefanic pointed out that the Finnish and Croatian partners in the Trio will be specific in that it will welcome a new Commission and new European Parliament. For this reason, one of the Trio’s main priorities will be to close open files of the current Strategic Agenda, especially the EU’s legislative priorities for 2018- 2019. Once a new Commission is established, the Finnish and Croatian presidencies will organise Council files based on political priorities of the new Commission. Croatia’s Brussels-based Presidency will bear the brunt of this shift.
Questions from the audience largely focused on the specifics of Croatia’s Presidency. In this context, Ambassador Stefanic drew attention to the single market, digitalisation, growth and jobs, youth employment and tourism.