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State Secretary Ružička Meets with Vladimir Drobnjak, Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, and Sherpa for the EU

State Secretary Ružička Meets with Vladimir Drobnjak, Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, and Sherpa for the EU

26.11.2019 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Slovensko a Európska únia

On 26 November 2019, State Secretary of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, František Ružička, met with Vladimir Drobnjak, Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia for Foreign Policy and Sherpa for the European Union, for bilateral consultations in Bratislava. The meeting focused on current European issues. Vladimir Drobnjak also presented the essential issues for the upcoming Croatian presidency of the Council of the European Union, which include Brexit, the Multiannual Financial Framework, and EU enlargement. The partners agreed that the first three months of the Croatian presidency will be decisive for achieving progress in these areas.
 

As far as Brexit is concerned, the key event will be the parliamentary elections in the United Kingdom that will take place on 12 December 2019. This will presumably result in the need for further action to be taken in the process of the UK leaving the EU.
 

One of the most frequently discussed issues in Brussels at present is the approval of the new Multiannual Financial Framework for 2012-2027. The future EU budget not only has to fund the current policies but also face new challenges presented by the dynamically changing globalized world. Therefore, it is important both to preserve the smooth operation of the already running activities of the EU and to ensure the funding of new projects. Both partners expressed their interest in concluding the negotiations about the Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027 during the Croatian presidency.
 

The central theme of the consultations was the enlargement of the EU with the countries of the Western Balkans. Slovakia and Croatia both confirmed their great interest in maintaining the dynamic character of the EU enlargement process. “We are ready to support all the measures aimed at fostering the implementation of reforms of the candidate countries of the Western Balkans. It is of utmost importance to keep the trustworthiness of both the enlargement process and the EU itself,” said State Secretary Ružička. An important step will be the expected proposal of the European Commission, which will become the foundation for next year’s discussion on further action in the enlargement process.