For Croatia, 2020 is the year of Europe. For the first time since it joined the EU in 2013, the youngest member state assumes the six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union. It is pretty much a formality, but the Croatian government seems to be taking it very seriously. The reasons are different and range from the personal interests of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković in foreign and European policy to Croatia's ambitions to join the Schengen area as soon as possible. The year will also be marked by electoral events.
In the spotlight of the international media last year following the performances of its team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Croatia will be now given a significant opportunity for political visibility with the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2020. Its first term ever since the Former Yugoslav republic entered into the bloc in July 2013.