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11. 11. 201423:41

Prime Minister Sobotka met the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, Zoran Milanović

On Tuesday 11 October 2014, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka met the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, Zoran Milanović , who arrived on his first official visit to the Czech Republic. One of the most important topics of the meeting involved sharing experiences of the electronic recording of sales. The two leaders also discussed cooperation in trade, investments, energy security, culture and support for the activities of expatriate communities.

One of the main topics of the meeting was to share the Croatian experience of on-line registration of sales. “It is no secret that we were inspired by Croatia. I am pleased to have a friendly country from which we can gain experience and seek ways to transfer these positive experiences in the area of improved tax collection from Croatia to the Czech Republic,” said Prime Minister at the press conference following the meeting. The introduction of electronic records of sales has two major goals: to reduce the grey economy and for a more efficient method of tax collection, particularly income tax and VAT, and to level out the market environment in the Czech economy, where honest entrepreneurs in different sectors of the economy are unable to compete with those who do not pay taxes.

The prime ministers also focused on ways to promote further development of cooperation in trade and investment. The priority areas include water management, green technology and the construction of road and railway infrastructure. “We naturally see opportunities for our companies in Croatia, whether in the field of hydraulic engineering, in the transport infrastructure or the financial sector, and it is certainly true that the basis of our close relationships is the exchange of large numbers of tourists. Over 700,000 Czechs spent their holidays in Croatia this year and this is a factor that significantly intensifies and strengthens mutual relations between the CR and Croatia,” said Prime Minister Sobotka.

During the meeting with his Croatian counterpart, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said that the Government of the Czech Republic had released CZK 8,351,710 in October to reconstruct a building for a Museum of Moravian Croats in the village of Jevišovka. He also welcomed the support provided by the Croatian government to the Czech minority in Croatia, which is one of the most active Czech expatriate communities abroad.

In terms of European issues, the prime ministers mainly discussed the possibilities for west Balkan countries to join the EU. “We support the expansion of the EU to include new Member States from this area. Today we discussed how to support the process of further integration of part of the west Balkans,” said Prime Minister Sobotka after the meeting.