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Croatia: Plenković meets with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković met with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in Zagreb on Wednesday to discuss major global crises, mainly in Afghanistan, as well as the COVID-19 crisis, and post-earthquake reconstruction in Croatia, the government said in a press release. .

Plenković and Blair, who is the Executive Director of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, “discussed global circumstances, Croatia ‘s position in Europe and the world, the situation in Afghanistan and security challenges, the global fight against COVID-19, and in particular, the importance “achieving the highest possible global vaccination rate,” the press release said.

Plans for Croatia’s economic recovery following the coronavirus crisis and the reconstruction of its quake-hit areas with the help of European funds were also discussed.

Plenkovic briefed Blair on measures taken by his government to preserve jobs and company liquidity, as well as key reforms and investments planned as part of the National Recovery and Sustainability Plan.

The Prime Minister stressed that Croatia’s foreign policy priorities in the forthcoming period include accession to the Schengen Area in 2022 and the euro area in 2023.

Blair presented the work of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, which advises governments in many countries on implementing reforms in various areas.

Asked if Blair would be a mediator in disputes with neighboring countries, Plenković said on Thursday that it was not planned and that the former UK prime minister had just presented the activities of his Institute.

Blair will deliver a keynote address at a two-day annual meeting of Croatian diplomats at a particularly critical time for Croatia, the EU and the world, following the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban and the West’s failure to democratize the war-torn country. . with

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