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Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Croatia EU Presidency: ‘A Strong Europe in a World of Challenges’
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Croatia will be placing focus on the following main issues during its Presidency:
  • An ambitious, sustainable and balanced Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2021-2027
  • The opening of negotiations for a new partnership with the UK
  • Implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights
  • Stopping negative demographic trends
  • Connectivity: the Trans-European Transport Network and the CEF (Connecting Europe Facility)
  • Security, strategic guidelines for free, safe and just European Union
  • Enlargement policy and the EU-Western Balkans summit
  • Green Europe and a ‘Green Deal’
  • New job markets, the importance of knowledge, education, innovation and lifelong learning
  • Connecting the EU with the public, particularly young people
  • Democratisation, the fundamental values of the Union, the fight against fake news, intolerance and disinformation on digital platforms
Croatia is very glad that Council on its session on 25 February adopted a decision authorising the opening of negotiations for a new partnership with the UK and formally nominating the Commission as the EU negotiator. The Council also adopted negotiating directives that constitute a mandate to the Commission for the negotiations. The first formal meeting between the EU and UK negotiators is expected to take place in early March. Croatia is glad to work strongly on an ambitious, wide-ranging and balanced partnership to the UK for the benefit of both sides.
Hvar, a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea
Aiming to bring the European Union and all the benefits it provides closer to its citizens, Croatia will further enhance constructive dialogue among the Member States, with special emphasise of the Conference on the Future of Europe. Croatia believes that all these challenges could be resolved through the strong Europe and its unity as its greatest strength.
Croatia has a privilege to chair the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2020, determined to encourage stronger cooperation, agreements and consensus among all Member States on all relevant issues.

We live in time of numerous global challenges, from rising disparity in economic development, unemployment and social insecurity, visible consequences of climate change, increased migration, ageing population, health problems and epidemics, crisis of multilateralism and international cooperation, growing populism to cyber-attacks and dissemination of disinformation.
During the EU Presidency, Croatia would like to further facilitate its relations with the Republic of Korea, based on the mutual respect, friendship and partnership. Korea and Croatia has a lot of to offer to each other and to benefit from mutual cooperation. The Croatian deep-sea port of Rijeka is the closest gateway to the European Union single market and becomes more attractive to the cargo-boats bringing the goods to Europe.
Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia
Croatia has always been a land of engineering, technology, and inventors, as a homeland of Nikola Tesla to whom we own an invention of the alternative current, the induction motor, the first hydroelectric power plant, and numerous inventions that has made our life today better and prosperous. Most recently, the young entrepreneur Mate Rimac has reconfirmed the Croatian geniality in high-tech area by designing and producing the Concept_Two, the fastest sport electrical car in the world, attracting the Porsche and Hyundai Motors to join-cooperation in the R&D.
Concept One (Rimac's car) in front of the birthplace of Nikola Tesla in Smiljan
Last year a half million Korean tourists have visited Croatia, enjoying in the magnificent national parks and landscapes, rich historical and cultural heritage, crystal blue Adriatic Sea and thousands of islands, mild Mediterranean climate, good food and exclusive Croatian wine.

In choosing Croatia, Korean tourists are additionally encouraged by the Korean film industry that has produced a number of prime-watched productions filmed in Croatia, either the Reality Travel-shows, K-dramas, or documentaries, video-spots and reportages. They have profiled Croatia as a highly attractive romantic destination, triggering the leading Korean travel agencies to recognize the full Croatian tourist potential and Korean Air to open a new direct flight from Incheon to the Croatian capital Zagreb, on 1st September 2018.

Last year Croatia has attracted more than 20 million foreign tourists, making tourism as a significant segment of the Croatian economy. Croatian EU membership and this business potential has been recognized by many foreign companies that have established their company-branches or regional HQs in Croatia. Croatian universities are glad to welcome more Korean students who decide to study in Croatia, and cultural exchange is flourishing in the last few years. Croatia is a safe and welcoming destination, open and tolerant society with a very well-known hospitality, either for holidays, business, studying or living.
UNESCO protected Plitvice Lakes National Park, Central Croatia
By Damir Kušen, H.E. Ambassador of Croatia to South Korea
In that context, and in line with the guidelines set by the EU Strategic Agenda 2019-2024 and drawing on the Trio programme, the Croatian Presidency programme is based on the motto ‘A Strong Europe in a World of Challenges’ and is built around four main pillars: An influential Europe that develops, connects, and protects.
Roman Amphitheater in Pula, built in the 1st Century
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