Foreign Minister Miro Kovac said on Thursday that Croatia's priorities in European Union institutions in the period ahead were the strengthening of Croatia's role in European cooperation, notably regarding Southeast and Central European countries, economic growth measures, the finding of a European response to the migrant crisis, and preparations for joining the Schengen Area.
Kovac took part in a joint session of the parliamentary foreign and European integration committees, presenting Croatia's priorities in EU institutions in the first half of this year and positions at upcoming meetings of the EU Foreign Affairs Council and General Affairs Council, the Foreign Ministry said in a press release.
We want to be recognisably visible in Southeast Europe, Kovac said, underlining the importance of further EU enlargement and the further stabilisation of Croatia's neighbours, notably Bosnia and Herzegovina. He expressed Croatia's support to initiatives which will enable better EU functioning with a view to improving the legislative process and avoiding excessive regulations.
Kovac said other priorities were economic growth, job creation, competitiveness, the development of an area of freedom, security and justice, the finding of a European response to the refugee and migrant crisis, and preparations for Croatia's access to the Schengen Area.
Kovac also highlighted Croatia's participation in the EU's climate and energy policy and contribution to the development of the EU's common foreign and security policy.