New gov't to be more active in EU, NATO

The foreign policy goals of the new government focus on a more active use of Croatia's European Union and NATO membership, support to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and other Southeast European countries on their road to EU and NATO membership, Croatia's entry into the Schengen Area and strengthening its central European dimension.

The government's programme says it will focus its activity on EU policies that are in Croatia's interests, continue to meet requirements for entering Schengen, and support Southeast European countries in meeting requirements for EU and NATO membership.

The government will put special emphasis on the European future of BiH as a key Croatian foreign policy and strategic goal. Another strategic task will be caring for Croats in BiH and the Croatian minority in other countries.

The Andrej Plenkovic Cabinet will strengthen Croatia's central European dimension as cooperation with those countries is geopolitically and economically important.

The programme says Croatia is the only EU member state with a Danubian, Adriatic and Mediterranean dimension and that, consequently, it should focus on becoming the main partner to its neighbours.

Special attention will be paid to preparations for Croatia's presidency over the EU in the first half of 2020.

The foreign policy will also focus on strengthening the economy, energy independence, promoting culture and attracting foreign investments.

The government will work on homeland security, stepping up cooperation between intelligence and security services as well as border control to counter terrorist threats, and invest more in the military to raise combat readiness.

The government will base its migrant policy on solidarity and empathy, fully respecting national regulations, the EU acquis and international law.

Last update: Wed, 19/10/2016 - 12:45

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