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Security, stability of southeast Europe among Croatia's EU presidency priorities: ministers

ZAGREB, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- Southeast Europe is one of the priorities of Croatia's presidency of the Council of European Union (EU) in the first half of 2020, Croatian officials were quoted by national news agency Hina as saying on Tuesday in Osijek.

The foreign minister and defense minister noted that Croatia will help its neighboring countries on their path towards the EU because security and stability of the region are important not only to Croatia but also to the whole of Europe.

EPP congress adopts climate policies

ZAGREB, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The European People's Party's (EPP) congress adopted here on Thursday a resolution in which they reject climate skepticism, "green socialism" and "Utopian environmentalist policies".

The party believes that green innovation is conducive to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the Croatian news agency HINA reported.

"Investments in research and development of all available low-carbon and carbon-free technologies to reduce greenhouse gases are necessary to achieve zero net emissions," the resolution said.

Croatia to hold presidential vote on Dec. 22: PM Plenkovic

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia will hold its presidential election on Dec. 22, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Thursday.

The election will pit the incumbent Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, candidate of the ruling center-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), against the candidate of the Social Democrats and former prime minister Zoran Milanovic. Two independent candidates also have solid support in the polls.

The job is largely ceremonial. The president cannot veto laws but has a say in foreign policy and defense.

Croatian PM sets out four priorities for its EU presidency

ZAGREB, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Wednesday set out four priorities for his country's presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), highlighting "a Europe that connects".

Croatia will take over the Council of the EU's rotating presidency from Jan. 1 to June 30 next year.

Von der Leyen praises Croatia's EU membership

ZAGREB, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Ursula von der Leyen, the new President-elect of the European Commission, said here on Tuesday that Croatia is a success story of the European Union (EU) and role model for other countries.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic informed von der Leyen during their meeting of his country's preparations for the EU Council presidency, which begins on Jan. 1, 2020.

In Croatia, EU border guards use 'a little bit of force'

15 July 2019; DW: Croatia has consistently denied illegally deporting refugees to neighboring Bosnia-Herzegovina. But in a recent TV interview, the Croatian president admitted border guards were forcing migrants back over the border.

Croatia, a member of the European Union since 2013, is aiming to join the border-free Schengen area. But it has become increasingly clear to what lengths the government will go so Croatians can enjoy this freedom of movement.

One step closer to euro as Croatia plans to send ERM II letter

ZAGREB, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Croatian Finance Minister Zdravko Maric and Governor of the National Bank of Croatia Boris Vujcic received a permission to send a letter of intent to European Central Bank on entering Croatia into the European Exchange Rate Mechanism Two (ERM II) on Wednesday at the session of the National Council for the introduction of the euro.

The Croatian government will confirm on its Thursday session the decision of the National Council for the introduction of the euro, Minister Maric said after the session of the National Council.

CEECs expect broader cooperation with China after leaders' meeting

BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhua) - Speaking highly of the just-concluded eighth China-CEEC leaders' meeting, Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs) express the hope that cooperation between the two sides can be lifted to a broader and higher level.

The meeting, themed "Building new bridges through openness, innovation and partnership," was held Friday in the southern Croatian coastal city of Dubrovnik, with the participation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and leaders of 16 CEECs.

China, North Macedonia to cooperate on infrastructure

DUBROVNIK, Croatia, April 12 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Friday, calling on the two countries to enhance infrastructure cooperation.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the eighth leaders' meeting between China and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs) at the southern Croatian coastal city of Dubrovnik.

Commending the bilateral relations, Li said China and North Macedonia respect and trust each other, and that practical cooperation between the two countries has yielded fruitful achievements.

China, Croatia to enhance cultural, tourism cooperation

ZAGREB, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said Wednesday that the two countries will enhance cultural and tourism cooperation.

Li and Plenkovic made the remarks when speaking at the opening ceremony of the Year of Tourism between China and Croatia.

Congratulating the two countries on jointly holding such an event for the first time, Li said both China and Croatia enjoy long history and rich and colorful culture, and picturesque natural scenery.

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