Visit of Stjepan Mesić, President of Croatia, to Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, and press briefing (extracts)
Type: Visit to the Commission
End production: 05/12/2007 First transmission: 05/12/2007
On 5 December 2007, the day after the European Commission signed the initialization of the Stabilization and Association Agreement with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and some days before the deadline for the future status of Kosovo, Stjepan Mesić, President of Croatia, visited Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, in Brussels. They talked about the reforms that Croatia is planning to carry out and that might be finished at the end of 2008. Croatia needs to implement these reforms with the aim of moving closer to the EU. The latest developments in the region were also on the agenda.
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||Exterior view of the Council building
||Arrival of Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, and handshake with Stjepan Mesić, President of Croatia
||General view of the meeting between Stjepan Mesić and Javier Solana
||Javier Solana (in ENGLISH) saying that they have spoken about the bilateral relation between the EU and Croatia; the negotiations for accession are moving at a good rhythm and they hope very much that in 2008 they will reopen some of the chapters and others will be closed; they will continue the same type of path in order that Croatia gets closer to the EU; they also spoke about the regional situation and exchanged views; they tried to see how the stability in the region can be maintained, and at the same time how the collective of the countries of the region can get closer to the EU
||Stjepan Mesić (in CROATIAN) saying that when Javier Solana says that Croatia is ready to carry out the main reforms needed, he says his country will be able to carry them out by the end of 2008
||Stjepan Mesić (in CROATIAN) saying that as regarding the proposal on the Kosovo status, official representatives of Serbia have always said that whatever is decided for Kosovo, they will not use the forces; he thinks this is very important for the continuation of the talks
||Stjepan Mesić and Javier Solana shaking hands and leaving