The intensification of economic cooperation, the development of political dialogue and the resumption of tourism were touched upon by Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal and Prime Minister of Croatia Andrej Plenković during an online meeting on June 10.
Denys Shmyhal noted that maintaining a high level of active bilateral political dialogue between Ukraine and Croatia is an important component of further development of relations.
The Head of the Ukrainian Government thanked the Prime Minister of Croatia for accepting the offer to visit Ukraine in August and take part in the founding summit of the Crimean Platform.
"Your participation in the founding summit of the Crimean Platform and the signing of a bilateral Joint Declaration on Ukraine's European perspective will be a powerful step towards strengthening our partnership," Denys Shmyhal underscored.
The sides discussed combating the spread of COVID-19. Denys Shmyhal noted that Ukraine is increasing the rate of vaccination of the population and expressed hope that in the near future the epidemic situation in both countries will improve significantly.
In this context, the Heads of the Government of Ukraine and Croatia voiced the issue of resuming tourism inter alia opportunities for mutual simplification of entry for citizens.
"We expect that this summer the situation in the tourism sector will be drastically better, in particular, due to the introduction of digital covid certificates. Our team is currently actively working on the development of such a document in line with the EU standards. At the same time, we hope that we will be able to open borders for tourists from our countries by using other available tools," the Prime Minister of Ukraine underlined.
Apart from that, Denys Shmyhal and Andrej Plenković tackled strengthening trade and economic cooperation. The Head of the Ukrainian Government informed his Croatian counterpart that Ukraine had taken an important step towards creating a full-fledged stock market that would open new opportunities for foreign investors.
For his part, the Prime Minister of Croatia expressed interest in the participation of Ukrainian companies in the reconstruction of infrastructure damaged by the earthquake in December last year.
The Prime Minister of Ukraine thanked Croatia for its consistent support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of our country.