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"Serbia-Croatia important for stability of region"

Prime Minister Ana Brnabic spoke on Tuesday with Croatian Ambassador Gordan Bakota about the situation in the region and the bilateral relations.

May 21, 2019

Brnabic pointed out that the relations between Serbia and Croatia are important for the stability of the region, and that, consequently, it is necessary to improve the dialogue and intensify cooperation in resolving open issues.

The Croatian ambassador assessed that the Western Balkans' accession to the European Union is crucial for the prosperity of all countries in the region, and announced that this would be one of the important issues during the presidency of Croatia to the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2020.

He informed the prime minister that the goal of Croatia is to organize the EU-Western Balkans Summit during its Presidency, in which the European perspective of the region and the enlargement of the EU would be an important topic.

The officials emphasized the importance of improving relations in the field of minority rights, so that all citizens, regardless of their ethnicity, noting the importance of cross-border cooperation and the use of IPA funds.

When it comes to infrastructure cooperation, Brnabic concluded that cooperation between the two countries in the improvement of rail transport is in the interest of both countries, explaining that in 2020, in the area of infrastructure projects, the focus of Serbia will be precisely on the railways.

They also discussed the cooperation between the chambers of commerce of Serbia and Croatia and plans for organizing the economic summit of the two countries during 2019.

Brnabic and akota concluded that the visit of Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic to Serbia in the coming period would be a good signal for further improvement of cooperation and interstate dialogue

Source: https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2019&mm=05&dd=21&nav_id=106879

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