Ukraine hoping for support of Croatia in EU visa liberalization

Ukraine is hoping for the support of Croatia in securing liberalization of EU visas for Ukrainians. The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced this, citing Minister of Foreign Affairs Leonid Kozhara’s interview with the Croatian publication Jutarnji list.

“On the part of our Croatian friends, we expect support both during the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, during which we hope to sign an association agreement, and on the issue of liberalization of the visa regime with the European Union,” he said.

In addition, Kozhara said that the volume of trade between the countries has fallen sharply, although, according to him, Ukraine and Croatia have many common economic interests and opportunities for development of cooperation.

“This has been a successful year for our cooperation in the military-technical sphere. Ukraine has won a tender for repair of MiG-21 combat aircraft and Mi-8 helicopters for the Armed Forces of Croatia,” said the minister.

Kozhara announced plans to create a Ukrainian-Croatian Economic Council.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, President Viktor Yanukovych called on the Parliament on September 3 to enact the laws that are stipulated in the action plan on the liberalization of the European Union’s visa procedures for Ukrainian citizens.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is hoping to move to the second phase of the European Union’s action plan for liberalization of visas for Ukrainian citizens at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius (Lithuania) in November 2013.

Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union on July 1.


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