Perspectives to create a platform for joint action between the Croatian and the Ukrainian sides, to develop joint programs aimed at reintegration and rehabilitation of ATO/UFO veterans, were discussed during the meeting by Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Oksana Koliada and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Croatia to Ukraine Anica Djamić.
“My concern is how Croatian doctors can become involved in the work of Ukrainian colleagues, perhaps to share their own experience. We could also be useful in sharing our training experience for those who engage in work with veterans and their families,” said Croatian Ambassador Anica Djamić.
Moreover, the Ambassador suggested to organize a meeting of Oksana Koliada with the Croatian Minister of Veterans’ Affairs in the future and discuss ways to help Ukrainian veterans in their adaptation to civilian life.
The Minister of Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine thanked Ambassador Anica Djamić and told that when drafting bills and programs for veterans, Ukrainian Ministry often draws on the expertise of Croatia.
“We have largely built on your experience in elaborating the principles of support for the veterans’ business, their employment and self-employment. The system of preferential lending for the veterans’ business, the support and the prioritizing of their production activities, we want to introduce, was also emulated from Croatia,” said Oksana Koliada.
Ambassador Anica Djamić assured that Croatia demonstrates readiness to prolong support for Ukrainian veterans. In particular, she told that four more defenders would soon go to Croatia for treatment and rehabilitation.