Zagreb - Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković on Tuesday received a delegation of the German Bundestag's Committee on European Union Affairs to discuss European topics including Brexit, the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), and enlargement.
The delegation was headed by the committee's chairman Gunther Krichbaum, from Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union. Kirchbaum has held that position since 2007.
The EU Affairs Committee comprises 39 members, who are either members of the Bundestag or members of the European Parliament, the Bundestag's web site explains.
Today's visit by the delegation is the continuation of talks Jandroković held in November with Bundestag President Wolfgang Schauble, about the need to strengthen cooperation between parliaments, particularly during Croatia's and then Germany's presidencies of the EU.
Croatia is chairing the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2020 while Germany will assume the presidency in the second half of the year.
The interlocutors assessed bilateral relations as friendly, allied and partner-like, and underscored that that is reflected in the intensity of meetings in several areas. Germany is Croatia's top trade partner and the highest number of tourists to Croatia come from Germany, which is also the third largest investor in Croatia.
Jandroković discussed current European topics with the delegation like Brexit, the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the EU's enlargement policy.
He reiterated that Croatia supports enlargement because the stability of Southeast Europe is in the EU's political, security and economic interest.
With regard to the MFF, Jandroković underscored the importance of reaching a compromise between financing cohesion and agriculture policies, and new challenges likes migration, digitisation and climate change.