About: Andrej Plenković

Elections 06-07-2020

Croatia’s ruling HDZ scores unexpected win in parliamentary elections

Croatia’s ruling conservative HDZ (EPP) became the unexpected relative winner of parliamentary elections held in the newest EU member on Sunday despite the renewed rise of coronavirus infections. EURACTIV Croatia reports.
Politics 03-07-2020

Croatia candidates: the PM, the singer and the ‘guy next door’

Croatians will choose their next prime minister in a parliamentary election on Sunday  (5 July) pitting conservative incumbent Andrej Plenković against the centre-left opposition leader Davor Bernardić.
Enlargement 07-05-2020

EU and Western Balkan leaders reaffirm ties in veiled response to China, Russia

EU leaders confirmed their "unequivocal support for the European perspective" to their Western Balkans counterparts during a video-summit on Wednesday (6 May). However, the final declaration doesn't make reference to a tangible time frame for the region's accession to the bloc.
Elections 06-05-2020

Croatia’s ruling conservatives target summer election

Croatia's conservative ruling party will seek a parliamentary election during the summer depending on the evolution of the coronavirus outbreak, one of its top officials said on Tuesday (5 May).
Politics 01-05-2020

Croatia president quits state ceremony in protest at Nazi-era salute

Croatia's President Zoran Milanovic walked away from a state wreath-laying ceremony on Friday (1 May) in protest at a Nazi-era slogan worn by one of the participants, exposing once again deep divisions in the EU's newest member.
Global Europe 03-03-2020

Borissov meets Erdogan, gets assurance Bulgaria’s border will stay calm

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov failed on Monday (2 March) in his mediation mission in Ankara which aimed to bring Greece, Turkey and EU leaders to a summit in Sofia to prevent a new refugee crisis in Europe

Top EU court says ‘no juridiction’ over Croatia-Slovenia border row

The European Union's top court has no jurisdiction to settle a long-running border dispute between EU members Slovenia and Croatia, the European Court of Justice ruled on Friday (31 January), possibly complicating Zagreb's plan to join the passport-free Schengen area.
Economy & Jobs 10-01-2020

Fairer EU research funding needed to halt brain drain: Croatia minister

Cash from the EU's research funds must be spread beyond the "old men's club" of prestigious institutions in richer member states to curb the brain drain exacerbating inequalities across the bloc, a Croatian minister said on Thursday (9 January).

Croatia highlights its Schengen and Eurozone ambitions

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković made it clear that Croatia, the latest EU newcomer, wants to join as soon as possible the Union’s inner circles – the borderless Schengen space and the Eurozone.

EU court ‘should not intervene’ in Croatia-Slovenia border dispute

An adviser at the EU Court of Justice agreed with Croatia on Wednesday (11 December) that settling the border between Slovenia and Croatia was not a matter on which EU courts should rule.
Politics 21-11-2019

Tusk vows to fight populism, elected new EPP chief

Outgoing EU Council president Donald Tusk pledged Wednesday (20 November)  to fight political populism as he was elected leader of Europe's main conservative parties during their group meeting in Croatia.
Politics 17-05-2019

#EU2019 -Third time’s not the charm for EU’s newest member Croatia

Ever since Croatia joined the EU in July 2013, its membership has been so uneventful that it was almost invisible. Sadly, the same can be said for the EU's presence in Croatia.

Migrants block Bosnian border, scuffle with Croatian police

Several people were injured on Wednesday (24 October) as migrants demanding to cross Bosnia's northwestern border threw stones at Croatian police who responded by firing teargas and using batons to push them back, a Reuters photographer at the scene said.
Economy & Jobs 14-09-2018

Is Croatia ready to join the eurozone?

Croatia's possible entry into the eurozone has become the subject of much talk among economic and political leaders over the past two years, as well as everyday citizens. EURACTIV Croatia reports.
Politics 14-05-2018

Croatia’s deputy PM resigns over Agrokor debt crisis

Croatia's deputy prime minister resigned on Monday (14 Monday), after pressure from coalition partners and the public about her alleged conflict of interest in the restructuring of the country's biggest private company, the debt-laden food and retail concern Agrokor.
Economy & Jobs 11-05-2018

Croatia accelerates plans for joining the eurozone

Croatia's government began to think in earnest about joining the eurozone on Thursday (10 May) when it adopted a new strategy that targets switching to the single currency within five to seven years. But opposition forces claim that it is not in Croatia's best interests.
Energy 30-03-2018

Croatia’s gas import dreams continue to prove controversial

Croatia’s long-held plan to import liquified natural gas and become an EU energy hub has moved forward this year. But problems persist, even after a government-appointed committee said an LNG terminal would have no negative impact on the environment or economy of the island of Krk. EURACTIV reports from Croatia.
Economy & Jobs 21-02-2018

Croatia’s Agrokor crisis worsens as crisis manager quits

A prolonged crisis in Croatia's top employer, food and retail concern Agrokor, took another dramatic twist on Wednesday (21 February) as its government-appointed caretaker manager stepped down and the Zagreb Stock Exchange suspended trade in all Agrokor companies.
Freedom of thought 26-01-2018

Croatia’s media freedom in jeopardy as delegation returns for second visit

The issue of media freedom in Croatia has earned the EU's newest member the dubious honour of being visited twice in as many years by a team of press freedom organisation representatives. Upon return, they said the situation has improved but serious concerns remain.

Slovenia, Croatia border dispute smoulders on as deadline looms

Slovenia and Croatia failed to resolve a border dispute that has poisoned their relations in last-minute talks between their two prime ministers on Tuesday (19 December) and Slovenia said it would now implement an international court ruling which Zagreb dismisses as invalid.
Enlargement 06-11-2017

Most EU hopefuls might not be ready to join before 2050, study finds

A new study looking into the practical, legal and technical aspects of further EU expansion has concluded that only one country, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, could meet the criteria for joining the bloc before 2023.
Economy & Jobs 30-10-2017

PM says Croatia wants to adopt euro within 7-8 years

The European Union's latest member Croatia aims to adopt the euro within the next seven to eight years, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Monday (30 October).

Slovenia may seek EU help with Croatian border dispute

Slovenia said on Wednesday (12 July) it may turn to the European Commission for help in implementing a recent international ruling on its border with fellow EU member Croatia.

Croatia tells Commission to stay away from border dispute with Slovenia

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković took a defiant stance against the European Commission on Wednesday (5 July), telling Brussels to refrain from meddling in Zagreb's border dispute with Slovenia because "it has no competencies for border issues".
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