Mogherini: Croatia is key to EU enlargement in southeastern Europe

The enlargement of the European Union to the countries of South East Europe is a particularly important issue, and Croatia is a key factor in this common European affair, said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Federica Mogherini on Thursday for a visit to Zagreb.

The best way to ensure stability and security in South East Europe is to provide credible and solid perspectives for member countries in the region, Mogherini told a press conference after meeting with Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Marija Pejčinović Burić.

“I would like to highlight one point that is particularly important for the European Union and me personally, and this is the work here in the enlargement region, which is my highest priority for me,” Mogherini said and added that these activities and dialogue with all six partner countries The region has intensified intensively in recent months. “Croatia is a key element in this common European business”.

Mogherini also said that he talked with his Croatian counterpart on Croatia’s preparations for the EU presidency in 2020. “I look forward to working with and working with colleagues and we will do everything to ensure that the presidency is successful,” Mogherini said.

Minister Pejčinović Burić said that a common assessment is that the European Union’s engagement in the area of ​​South East Europe should be strengthened, highlighting the clear European perspective of all countries.

Croatia gives strong support to enlargement in all SEE countries and insists on the credibility of the enlargement policy and the individual approach, as well as meeting the criteria and criteria, Pejčinović Burić said.


Source: Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs od Republic of Croatia