Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will visit Zagreb from November 13 to 14 to meet with her Croatian counterpart, Andreja Metelko-Zgombic. She will also be received by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, then by Minister for Regional Development and EU Funds Marko Pavic. This visit falls within the framework of preparations for the Croatian presidency of the Council of the European Union (first half of 2020).
The meetings will focus on bilateral relations and key European issues, notably the new institutional cycle and the priorities of the Croatian presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European budget, the strengthening of the Economic and Monetary Union, the strengthening of social and fiscal convergence in Europe, migration, the rule of law and the prospects for EU enlargement. The goal is to increase convergence between France and Croatia in the run-up to the Croatian presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The minister of state will also visit Rimac Automobili, which produces high performance electric vehicles and will also visit the French-German EuroCampus school in Zagreb to meet with students and exchange views with the NGO, Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR Croatia). This NGO specializes in memorial issues and regional dialogue; it received the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize from the Council of Europe on September 30.