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13. 2. 2017 22:47

PM Sobotka received the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament, Božo Petrov, and together they praised the depth of the relations between both countries

Předseda vlády Bohuslav Sobotka přijal předsedu Parlamentu Chorvatské republiky Božu Petrova, 13. února 2017.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka received the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament, Božo Petrov, 13 February 2017.
On Monday 13 February 2017, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka received the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament, Božo Petrov, at the Straka Academy. The topics for the meeting included the future development of bilateral relations and economic cooperation, support for Czech minorities in Croatia and the position adopted by the two countries with regard to EU enlargement to include the west Balkans. They also addressed the consequences of Brexit for the European Union.

According to Prime Minister Sobotka, it is gratifying to note that trade between the Czech Republic and Croatia is growing and that, there is also an increasing interest from Czech entrepreneurs and investors in Croatia as a country with great economic potential. Increasing numbers of Czech tourists are visiting Croatia, which has long been a favourite destination for Czechs spending their holidays abroad.

Prime Minister Sobotka and the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament, Božo Petrov, also agreed that the process of enlarging the EU to encompass the western Balkan countries is of strategic importance for the stability and security of the region as a whole. The European Union must confirm that it is interested in the accession of candidate countries, but both representatives agreed that the speed of the accession process for candidate countries for EU membership depends on their efforts and the necessary reforms.

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