PM Plenkovic expects France’s support for Schengen entry

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) greets Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic (R) upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, 07 January 2020. [EPA-EFE/YOAN VALAT]

President Emmanuel Macron came to Zagreb on Wednesday evening and had dinner with Prime Minister Andrej Plenković where the topic of the Schengen Area was discussed.

According to sources close to the Croatian government, other talks focused on the situation in the Western Balkans, the Eastern Partnership focusing on Ukraine and Belarus, strengthening the European Union’s strategic independence, and other global issues.

On Thursday, two Rafale jets of the same type Croatia is buying from France will fly over Zagreb around noon, symbolically marking the signing of the strategic partnership to purchase 12 military aircraft.

The document focuses on strengthening bilateral and European political partnerships, joint action for the stability of Southeast Europe, and cooperation in matters related to defence. It also includes sections on improving economic relations, further enhancing collaboration in education, culture, science and academic exchange, and cooperation in administration.

President Zoran Milanović, who refused to be at the dinner and official lunch on Wednesday,  will host Macron on Wednesday morning.

(Željko Trkanjec |

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