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Andrej Plenković: Grant candidate standing to Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina | News | European Parliament


Prime Minister Plenković, throughout his deal with, mentioned that Croatia secured its independence solely 30 years in the past after which shortly determined its future would lie with the EU finally becoming a member of in 2013. He burdened that nationwide strategic objectives can finest be achieved by pooling and sharing sovereignty with the precept of solidarity within the EU.

Mr Plenković mentioned as we speak’s challenges – the warfare in opposition to Ukraine, the surge in vitality costs, and the meals safety disaster -must be tackled with the identical resolve and creativity because the EU confronted the COVID-19 pandemic.

Russia’s aggression in opposition to Ukraine was deliberate in the intervening time of perceived Western weak spot, he mentioned, and has had devastating penalties for Ukraine. Mr Plenković expressed his need for the European Council to grant Ukraine candidate standing, in addition to that of Moldova and Georgia, pending sure situations. Croatia has wholeheartedly and repeatedly supported the 2012 bid by Bosnia and Herzegovina for EU candidate standing.

Mr Plenković welcomed the conclusions of the Conference on the Future of Europe,, highlighting specifically concepts round combined competences on well being points. He was nonetheless extra cautious in regards to the introduction of majority voting on overseas coverage points.

You can watch his speech here.

Political group leaders

In their response to Mr Plenković’s speech, MEPs supported Croatia’s membership of the Eurozone in addition to its becoming a member of the Schengen journey free zone. However in addition they referred to as for a extra environment friendly allocation of EU funds within the nation, extra work within the combat in opposition to corruption, and demanded the implementation of a excessive stage of human rights requirements at Croatia’s exterior borders.

You can watch political group speakers here.

You can watch the full debate here. This was the fourth in a collection of debates on the EU labelled “This is Europe”, following Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas in March, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi in May, and Ireland’s Taoiseach, Micheál Martin in June.

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