EU presidencies in 2019 and 2020 will focus on eastern expansion

  • Nikola Blokešová
  • 20.3.2017 18:26

On 14 March foreign ministers of Croatia and Romania, Davor Ivo Stier and Teodor Meleșcanu, met in Bucharest and reaffirmed their support of the EU enlargement to eastern Europe during their Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Both Romania and Croatia will preside over the EU Council – Romania during the first half of 2019 and Croatia a year later.

European Union’s Eastern partnership focuses on six eastern European countries whose possible accession to the EU is controversial mainly due to Russian influence in the region. According to Romania and Croatia’s representatives both countries will focus on curbing separatist sentiments in Ukraine and Moldova during their presidencies, saying that adding these countries to the EU will bring stability to the region. Another Eastern partnership country, Armenia, has been using similar rhetoric, while trying to cooperate with both the EU and Russia. 

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