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Croatia, the youngest EU member, vowed to advocate for the bloc’s Balkan enlargement, and pledged to work for “a strong Europe in a world of challenges” in the upcoming six months, after taking over the European Council’s rotating presidency on Jan. 1.

Members of the Croatian government will chair the reunions of the EU’s main decision-making body in Brussels and hold over 1,400 meetings at various levels in Croatia during the country’s presidency in the first half of 2020. It will be the first time that the country, which joined the EU in 2013, assumes the task.

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