|Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović (Independent, since February 2015)
Andrej Plenković (Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), since October 2016)
|Size||56,594 km2 (21,851 sq mi)|
|MEPs||11 (Joined the EU in 2013)|
|Next presidential election
Next legislative election
|Presidency of the Council||January-June 2020|
|Last meeting with Theresa May||11 October, 2016|
|Brexit priorities||Croatia’s priorities are to strengthen defence and trade cooperation with the UK. The President has said she hopes more UK companies and investors will do business in Croatia in future. As of 1 July 2018, Croatian workers will be able to work freely in the UK. Transitional restrictions on access of workers from Croatia to the UK’s labour market are currently in place. The Croatian Government will therefore keep an eye on what the negotiations will mean for the free movement of workers.|
|What President Grabar-Kitarović said on Brexit
|11 October 2016
“It will be a process like no other with far reaching consequences – its final scope no one can predict with absolute certainty,”
“It is not only about trading arrangements and access to the EU’s single market … it is also about preserving our joint and unique culture, our decades of strategic partnership and our commitment to the same shared values. This relationship needs to be tailor-made.”
|Croatia’s priorities||Tax reform, social dialogue and the budget are the Government’s main priorities.
The country has to manage high public debt at about 85 percent of GDP and unemployment of 13 percent.
In term of foreign policy, Croatia would like to see Bosnia and Herzegovina move closer to Europe.
The migration crisis has put huge pressure on the country as well.
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