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Croatia: Merkel and Croatian PM talk EU accession for North Macedonia and Albania

3 20.11.2019 Инфо

M/S German Chancellor Angela Merkel signs the Government's guest book, Zagreb
W/S Media
W/S Merkel and Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic shake hands
M/S Merkel arrives for two delegations' meeting
W/S Meeting of two delegations
C/U Plenkovic
C/U Merkel
W/S Merkel and Plenkovic enter pressroom
SOT, Andrej Plenkovic, Prime Minister of Croatia (Croatian): "For Croatia, it is extremely important that by May, when joint meeting of leaders of EU and South East Europe is set to be held in Zagreb, we find solution about the continuation of accession process for North Macedonia and Albania. We will work together and will try to encourage both Albania and North Macedonia to take additional steps towards reforms. At the same time, our partners inside the EU and us will try to find solution for their process and try to include modification of existing methodology."
W/S Presser
SOT, Angela Merkel, Chancellor or Germany (German): "Yes, the Croatian government’s plans in their EU presidency support a meeting with the Western Balkan countries in full EU format and it would be right to create the conditions in order to take over the accession talks with North-Macedonia and Albania. Just like Andrej Plenkovic, I also regret the fact that we didn’t manage this in the last presidency period. We will certainly also talk about the future accession process and Croatia knows how to proceed, since their own negotiation process was not a long time ago. We will jointly prepare for the future conference, which stays on the agenda of newly elected EC president Ursula von der Leyen. The fact that the Croatian commissar is responsible from this event shows the depth of our cooperation. "
M/S Members of Croatian and German delegation
SOT, Angela Merkel , Chancellor of Germany (German) : "We also have the same priorities in terms of our duties. Once we manage to handle Great Britain’s exit, our future relationships can be clearly described next year. Due to the continuous postponements, the time, in which we have to formulate these future relationships, has become increasingly scarce. We will intensively work on that. Secondly, of course, we need to reconcile different interests regarding the financial projections. We also need cohesion not only for Croatia, but also for the other eastern and middle Europe countries. On the other hand, we also need a future-oriented budget that takes the new duties into account. One is the question of contact with Africa, and the other the questions of research and innovation. And, of course, there is the issue of migration and the common European effort that we are making here in order to reduce illegal migration. "
C/U Croatian coat of Arms
C/U German, Croatian and EU flag
M/S End of presser
SCRIPT
German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a joint press conference with Croatian Prime minister Andrej Plenkovic in Zagreb on Wednesday while on visit to attend European People’s Party's (EPP) annual congress.
"For Croatia, it is extremely important that by May, when joint meeting of leaders of EU and South East Europe is set to be held in Zagreb, we find solution about the continuation of accession process for North Macedonia and Albania," The Croatian PM said during the press conference.
He added saying that "we will work together and will try to encourage both Albania and North Macedonia to take additional steps towards reforms. At the same time, our partners inside the EU and us will try to find solution for their process and try to include modification of existing methodology."
"It would be right to create the conditions in order to take over the accession talks with North-Macedonia and Albania. Just like Andrej Plenkovic, I also regret the fact that we didn’t manage this in the last presidency period. We will certainly also talk about the future accession process and Croatia knows how to proceed, since their own negotiation process was not a long time ago" Merkel said.
Croatia will hold the presidency of the Council of the EU for 6 months in 2020 during which it announced it will also host an EU-Western Balkans summit.
The annual congress of the European People’s Party (EPP), Croatia’s ruling party, kicked off on Wednesday bringing together some 2,000 delegates and officials from more than 40 countries.