Slovenian PM will represent Croatia at EU summit

NEWS 09.12.2020 16:22
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Source: OLIVIER HOSLET / POOL / AFP

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa will represent Croatia at Thursday's EU summit, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Wednesday.

Plenkovic will not attend the summit as his isolation has been extended due to a cough caused by COVID-19.

Speaking at a virtual cabinet meeting, he said he first suggested to President Zoran Milanovic to attend.

“I offered (Milanovic) to go on Croatia’s behalf. He appreciated the gesture, thanked me, but given the topics, he assessed that he would not go to Brussels,” Plenkovic said, adding that Milanovic agreed with Jansa being authorised to represent Croatia.

The two-day in-person summit will focus on Hungary and Poland’s veto on the EU budget and recovery plan, relations with the United States, and the pandemic.

Plenkovic will isolate a few more days at doctors’ orders due to a cough. The government said earlier today that he was feeling well and did not have a temperature, and that he would continue to work from home. He tested positive for coronavirus on November 30.

At the cabinet meeting, he said it was very important for the decreasing trend of new infections to continue, calling this a still “very demanding task.”

“It’s important that we all together comply with the measures so that we reduce the dynamic of the epidemic before Christmas.”