Starting the beginning of 2020, Croatia (member of European Union since 2013) has taken over the EU presidency. Zagreb is facing the main challenges in front of European Union today: global climate change, immigration from Middle East, economical inequity of member states, rise of national populism and UK separation. The widening of EU is put on hold by the old members, notably France who has blocked the negotiation process with North-Macedonia. At the same time, Croatia is facing their own problems with the troubled history of the Balkan region. Croatia is also suffering from the emigration to other EU countries. EU is supporting its newest member on taking the presidency and leadership for next 6 months and after that Croatia will forward the EU presidency to Germany in middle of 2020. The presidency will be back in CEE region when Slovenia will take the role from Portugal in mid 2021.