Croatia – Meeting between Catherine Colonna and her counterpart (5 June 2023)


Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna hosted her Croatian counterpart, Gordan Grlić Radman, in Paris on June 5.

The two ministers underscored the intensity and diversity of the relationship between France and Croatia as well as their close cooperation within the EU and NATO ahead of the NATO summit in Vilnius on July 11 and 12.

They also reviewed the international and European situation, reaffirming our shared support for Ukraine in the Russian war of aggression against that country. Additionally, they addressed the issue of the Western Balkans, calling for the easing of tensions between Serbia and Kosovo. They reiterated France and Croatia’s shared commitment to the European prospects of the countries in that region, as well as the importance of moving ahead with the expected reforms that are part of the EU enlargement process.

At the end of their meeting, the ministers signed the 2023-2025 France-Croatia action plan, which formulates the details of the strategic partnership between the two countries that was agreed to by French President Emmanuel Macron and Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on November 25, 2021 in Zagreb. Ms. Colonna also signed the French instrument of ratification for the Agreement on the Participation of the Republic of Croatia in the European Economic Area (EEA), concrete evidence of Croatia’s membership in the European family.