Romania and Croatia want to boost economic ties


Minister of Foreign Affairs Titus Corlatean was welcomed on Wednesday in Zagreb by President of the Republic of Croatia Ivo Josipovic, during his official visit to this country, reads a release from the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The two officials evoked the excellent level of bilateral relations, the dynamics of the political-diplomatic dialogue of late, from the point of view of the Republic of Croatia recent accession to the European Union, as well as the potential to develop the economic cooperation, increasing trade and boosting investments. Considering the downward trend of trade, the two officials agreed that some concrete reinvigoration measures are necessary from the relevant authorities in both countries. The two tackled aspects regarding the consolidation of economic cooperation, the use of regional instruments and of the background provided by the inclusion in the European family of the two states. The Foreign Minister stressed the importance of a stronger cooperation within the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, also by promoting joint economic projects.
The Foreign Minister stressed the interest of the Romanian authorities to preserve the Istro-Romanian dialect, used by the Istro-Romanian linguistic community in Croatia, part of the immaterial patrimony of this country and registered in the UNESCO Red Book of Endangered Languages. The two officials also exchanged opinions regarding the European and regional agenda, focusing on the evolution of the Western Balkan states in continuing and advancing the reforms to get them closer to the EU. As for the Eastern Neighbourhood, the two reasserted the importance of implementing, post Vilnius, the decisions on waiving visas for Moldovan citizens and of signing (August 2014 at the latest according to the agreed calendar), the EU-Moldova Association Agreement and the Free Trade Agreement. They also discussed the situation in Ukraine and the necessity to promote a permanent dialogue between the EU and the Kyiv authorities.
The Romanian Foreign Minister’s visit to Zagreb represents an opportunity for diversifying and deepening the Romanian-Croatian bilateral relations, in the new context  generated by Croatia’s accession to the European Union last year, and is part of the regular political and diplomatic dialogue between the two countries, according to the MAE press release.
The agenda of the visit comprises talks with the Croatian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Vesna Pusic, as well as the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament, Josip Leko. Concurrently, the schedule of Minister Titus Corlatean’s visit included several activities with the Istro-Romanian linguistic community in Croatia, a community speaking a dialect which is passing out of use, the protection of which is a theme of special interest in the Romanian-Croatian bilateral relationship.

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