The Republic of Croatia is ready to share its experience with Ukraine on how to bring national legislation in compliance with the European Union’s standards and to ensure reintegration of the occupied territories.
Commenting on the results of his meeting with the Head of the Ukrainian Government Volodymyr Groysman, Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenković said: "Being the youngest EU’s member we have offered today a recent know-how regarding the association process of Ukraine and the European Union as we have passed a long way and our specialists are prepared. We suggested consulting assistance in the process of translation, synchronization of legislation and elaboration of legislative documents that are required on this way".
Croatia will share expertise on reintegration of the occupied territories, said Andrej Plenković. He noted that Croatia had suffered the occupation of the territories in the early 90-ies: "We are the only member of the European Union that can realize the security situation in Ukraine, in which it occurred today", he said.
The Croatian Government has appointed the Deputy Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia to lead the working group, which included specialists who were directly involved in the process of peaceful integration of Podunavlje with Croatia and have extensive experience to help Ukraine in this process.
He also acknowledged commitment on the speedy completion of the ratification of the Association Agreement and the introduction of the EU free-visa regime for Ukraine.
According to him, this decision must be made as soon as possible, because Ukraine has fulfilled all the requirements set for months ago. The liberalization of the visa regime for Ukraine would also contribute to the development of cooperation in various fields not only with Croatia but with all member-countries of the EU.
In turn, Volodymyr Groysman thanked the Croatian Government for the establishment of a special group that has particular expertise in the reintegration of the occupied territories and resolution of conflicts. "Croatia has had a difficult history. Such experience is invaluable for us. So I am very grateful for the initiative," he noted.
The Prime Minister also expressed gratitude to Croatia for the support of Ukraine along the way towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration, in particular in the ratification of the Association Agreement with the European Union and the introduction of a visa-free regime.
Croatia and Ukraine have a great potential of bilateral cooperation, namely in trade and economic areas, tourism, joint investment in the economies of the countries, accentuated Volodymyr Groysman.