What does the EU Council Presidency mean for Croatia?

From January 1, 2020 for the first time, the Republic of Croatia presides over the Council of the European Union. A six-month presidency is a very demanding endeavor that requires the highest degree of state administration readiness.


  • Political profitability
  • Pursuing national interests
  • address topics of interest in the agenda more quickly, and delay discussions on those that are not
  • Visibility and international affirmation, as well as a stronger influence on the negotiation process
  • given the growing visibility of Croatia and the numerous meetings at all levels that will take place, not only in Zagreb, but across Croatia, growth in the hotel, hospitality, travel agencies, translation services and the like sectors
  • greater openness to Croatian products in the large European common market
  • Connecting Croatian employers with decision makers at European level.


  • economic growth, employment and social inclusion,
  • European security,
  • energy and transport connectivity,
  • enlargement of the EU to the Western Balkans.


  • planning and chairing meetings of the Council and meetings of its preparatory bodies
  • The Presidency chairs meetings of the various Council configurations (with the exception of the Foreign Affairs Council). The Presidency shall ensure the proper conduct of the deliberations and the correct application of the Council's Rules of Procedure and working methods
  • Organizing 1400 meetings at various levels in Brussels, about 20 ministerial-level meetings and conferences and 200-250 technical meetings to be held in Croatia
  • at least one EU leader summit
  • representing the Council in relations with other EU institutions.

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