During the conversation, the Prime Ministers discussed a number of urgent issues. In particular, the fight against the spread of the pandemic, European and Euro-Atlantic integration, etc.
On Friday, April 17, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal held a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenković.
The Head of the Ukrainian Government congratulated his Croatian counterpart on the Easter Sunday and wished health to the citizens of Croatia.
The interlocutors considered methods to combat the spread of the coronavirus and stabilize the socio-economic situation.
Denys Schmyhal expressed his hopes that Croatia would not take measures against persons whose permit to stay abroad has expired as a result of the current situation.
"We understand that the spread of COVID-19 around the world will lead to negative trends in the world economy, so we have to put in place a number of decisions to support business," the Head of the Ukrainian Government told his Croatian counterpart.
The PM of Ukraine described in detail the steps that the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine is taking to strengthen the social protection of the population.
Apart from that, Denys Shmyhal thanked Prime Minister Andrej Plenković for the assistance provided to Ukraine during the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union to support of the healthcare system, to overcome the socio-economic consequences caused by the spread of COVID-19.
The parties also discussed cooperation with the IMF. Denys Shmyhal told that the Government and the NBU are actively working on a new program with the IMF, taking into account the current situation, but following previous agreements.
The Prime Minister of Ukraine expressed his hope that Ukraine's integration into the EU will remain among the priorities under Croatian EU presidency.
"Ukraine is committed to further work on the implementation of the Agreement on the association and sectoral integration with the EU in accordance with the principles and priorities of the 6th meeting of the EU-Ukraine Association Council, which took place on January 28 this year," stressed the Head of the Ukrainian Government. Among the priorities, he called tangible progress in deepening of sectoral integration in the areas of digital market, customs cooperation, energy, justice, freedom and security and the updating of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) within the framework of the Association Agreement.
Besides, during the talks, the Ukrainian side offered to sign a Common Aviation Area Agreement between Ukraine and the EU during the Eastern Partnership Summit.
The Prime Minister of Ukraine also expressed his hope that after the abolition of all restrictive measures related to the epidemic, an expert mission would be sent to conduct the preliminary assessment of the quality of Ukrainian infrastructure.
"We are looking forward to accelerating the process of transition to formal negotiations on the conclusion of the Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACAA)," said Denys Shmyhal.
The parties have also tackled NATO cooperation programs and aspects of integration with NATO. "NATO membership is a strategic course for Ukraine enshrined in the Constitution. Today, we focus on the practical aspects of integration with the Alliance. Achieving interoperability with the armed forces of the Alliance is one of the priorities being achieved through the defense reform. We rely on Croatia's support in this area," the Head of the Ukrainian Government noted.
Finally, the interlocutors agreed to continue active development of bilateral cooperation and to make official visits to the capitals of both countries after lifting the quarantine restrictions.