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EU Presidency: Croatia takes the chair

Croatian EU Presidency

On 1 January 2020, Croatia took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU from Finland and now presides over the final six months of the current 18-month trio strategic agenda, ahead of the new trio of Germany, Portugal, and Slovenia.

Holding the Presidency grants Croatia unique influence, taking the lead in mediating between the Council and Parliament as the EU navigates difficult terrain, with Brexit, the next Multiannual Financial Framework, and the beginning of the new legislative cycle, following the crucial European Parliament elections last May and the introduction of the new Commission in December.

This policy briefing provides the essentials of what to expect from Croatia, its priorities, the major players, and the influence they are likely to pursue in their position as the Chair. Furthermore, in this briefing we provide in-depth policy analysis of each Council configuration.

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