Croatian PM: strategic goals best achieved through solidarity 

Andrej Plenkovic  

During the “This is Europe” debate with Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, MEPs backed Croatia’s adoption of the euro and Schengen membership.

Prime Minister Plenković, speaking at the Brussels plenary session on 22 June, said that Croatia secured its independence only 30 years ago and quickly decided its future lay with the EU, eventually joining in 2013. He stressed that national strategic goals can best be achieved by pooling and sharing sovereignty with the principle of solidarity in the EU.

Plenković said today’s challenges - the war against Ukraine, the surge in energy prices, and the food security crisis -must be tackled with the same resolve and creativity with which the EU faced the Covid-19 pandemic.

Russia’s aggression against Ukraine was planned at the moment of perceived Western weakness, he said, and has had devastating consequences for Ukraine. Plenković backed EU candidate status for Ukraine, as well as Moldova and Georgia. Croatia wholeheartedly supported the 2015 bid by Bosnia and Herzegovina for EU candidate status.

He welcomed the conclusions of the Conference on the Future of Europe, highlighting in particular ideas around mixed competences on health issues. He was however more cautious about the introduction of majority voting on foreign policy issues.

You can  watch his speech here.

Political group leaders

MEPs supported Croatia’s membership of the Eurozone, as well as its joining the Schengen travel free zone. However, they called for a more efficient allocation of EU funds in the country, more work in the fight against corruption and the implementation of a high level of human rights standards at Croatia’s external borders.

You can watch political group speakers here.

You can watch the full debate here. This was the fourth in the “This is Europe” series of debates on the EU.