Ukraine pledges interest in applying best practices of Croatia in adapting the legislation to the EU norms. This was stated by Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze during a meeting with Deputy Speaker of the Croatian Parliament Željko Reiner.
The Vice Prime Minister emphasized the dialogue between the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and the Croatian Parliament is an important part of the relations between the two countries and stressed Ukrainian MPs are interested in studying the experience of Croatian colleagues in the adaptation of national legislation in line with EU standards.
In turn, the Deputy Speaker of the Croatian Parliament emphasized that Croatia highly praises relations with Ukraine. "We have traditionally good and friendly relations. There are so many things that connect us. Ukraine and Croatia do not fully harness the potential of economic cooperation. Our hearts are with you in these difficult times. At the international level, Croatia has consistently stated that the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine should be respected. We are fully aware of the worsening of the humanitarian situation in Donbas and the violation of human rights in Crimea", Željko Reiner stressed. He positively commended the political dialogue between the countries, in particular, a number of important meetings and visits held during the last two years, in particular, the visit of Ukrainian parliamentarians to Croatia.
The Vice Prime Minister raised an issue pertaining to the risks of the Nord Stream 2 construction project. She also expressed hope that Croatia will support Ukraine's aspiration to join the Three Seas initiative.
"We call on our partners to stand against Russian aggression against Ukraine, to fight for the release of our political prisoners in Russia and in the occupied territories", Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze urged. Moreover, she added that Ukraine highly appreciates Croatia's support and cooperation at the international level, in particular in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe as well as the principled position of Croatia to condemn Russian aggression and support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and she thanked for the active humanitarian support of Ukraine. Over the past two years, more than 1.500 Ukrainian children and ATO soldiers have rested in the Adriatic resorts of Croatia.
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze placed a special emphasis on the fact that this year Ukraine marks the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor of 1932-1933, thereby recognition it as a genocide by the Soviet authorities against the Ukrainian people would be a clear signal of support from the Croatian Parliament. "We urge all our partners to recognize the Holodomor as a genocide, as well as to recognize the crimes against the Crimean Tatars", the Vice Prime Minister underscored.