Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, who meets with German President Angela Merkel today in Berlin, is expected to make a proposal on how to further strengthen economic cooperation between the two countries, with Germany being one of the largest investors in Croatia already. The talks will also focus on the situation in Southeast Europe; the migration issue; the role of Germany in the light of the Berlin Process which promotes economic cooperation in this part of Europe; and the entry of Croatia into the Schengen area, which would mean a closer integration with the EU.
Gianni Rossanda, the president of the management board of Uljanik shipyard in Croatia, resigned from the post yesteday following the strike of several hundred workers due to unpaid wages. Besides Rossanda, other heads of the companies that make up the Uljanik group also resigned from their positions.
According to Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić, Serbia has a historic opportunity to achieve something for its people and Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija. “It is about whether we will get something or lose everything,” Dačić told RTS, Serbian national television. Possible solutions will only be drawn in the future when dialogue between Belgrade and Priština commences, he added. Asked if he knew what US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had talked about when they discussed the Western Balkans topic, Dačić said it is difficult to talk about the Western Balkans and at the same time not have Kosovo issue on the agenda. “This topic is one of the best proofs how we have succeeded in changing the unwavering position of Western countries, since in the past the Western countries considered this issue already solved. “
The majority of Serbian citizens are in favor of their country joining the EU, according to a recent survey conducted by the Serbian Ministry of European Integration. If referendum on this matter would be held tomorrow, 55% of respondents would vote in favor, and 21% would vote against the entry into EU; 12% would not vote or are undecided, according to the survey. In terms of reforms needed to join the EU, 68% of the respondents believe that Serbia should implement them as they would benefit citizens and contribute to better living conditions in Serbia. The EU membership is increasingly connected with a better life, higher standard, prosperity, and travel, according to the answers given by the 1,050 respondents involved in the survey.
At an informal meeting of EU defense and foreign ministers which will be held in the coming days in Vienna, Austrian Defense Minister Mario Kunasek intends to present a proposal on how EU should tackle migration issues, including the idea of the auxiliary operations of the army to guard the external borders of the EU, according to Austrian newspaper Die Presse. Kunaskov’s predecessor Hans Peter Doskozil came out with a similar initiative last year yet his idea didn’t manage to win the approval of the defense ministers of the other EU countries. The initiative is based on the assistance of the soldiers from different EU countries to assist Frontex forces in the field of logistics, transport and recognition activities upon entry. Soldiers would also have the power to act when illegal migrations are in question.