Ukraine to Look For EU Integration Advice from Croatia
Croatia joined the EU on July 1, 2013 after recovering from years of war in the 1990s
Photo Ukraine Government Portal
Ukraine will be an important item on the agenda of Croatia’s presidency of the Council of the European Union, which begins on January 1, 2020.
The agreement was reached during a working visit of Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Dmytro Kuleba to the Republic of Croatia, the Government portal reported.
“Ukraine and Croatia have agreed that Ukraine will be an important item on the agenda of Croatia’s presidency of the Council of the European Union,” the statement reads.
According to the report, Croatia has confirmed its commitment to continue to strongly support the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, in particular, by extending the EU sanctions against Russia.
In addition, according to Kuleba, Prime Minister of Croatia Andrej Plenković accepted the invitation from President Volodymyr Zelensky to visit Ukraine during Croatia’s EU Presidency.
It was also agreed that Croatia will finance the treatment of another group of Ukrainian military by the end of this year.
The deputy prime minister noted that Ukraine is very interested in the experience of Croatia’s European integration.
“We will be grateful for the exchange of experience, in particular, regarding the reform and adaptation of national legislation to EU standards, negotiations with the EU, access to EU funds, organization of European integration within the country,” Kuleba said.
The deputy prime minister also called on the prime minister and minister for foreign affairs of Croatia to support Ukraine’s intent to join the Three Seas Initiative, which is of mutual interest to Ukraine and the EU. This initiative includes 12 members of the EU with coasts along the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Seas.
Croatia takes over the presidency of the European Union for the first half of 2020.
|Source||Ukraine Government Portal|
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