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Minister: Latvia and Croatia have absolute understanding on EU multi-year budget matter

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia and Croatia have an absolute understanding when it comes to European Union’s multi-year budget, said Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs after his meeting with Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Marija Pejčinović Burić.

Both Croatia and Latvia have an understanding when it comes to EU multi-year budget and European Commission’s proposal voiced in May, said the minister, adding that unified views are found for cohesion and agriculture funding matters. Both sides agreed that it is necessary to work in order to continue equalizing the quality of life across the EU.

Croatian foreign affairs minister emphasized that the two sides have an agreement in this matter. She added that it is necessary to secure appropriate funding for cohesion and agriculture policy to ensure both countries are able to realize their interests.

Rinkēvičs described economic cooperation between the two countries as sufficiently good, adding that it could be better. The main area in which Croatia and Latvia cooperate is tourism. «We are two EU member states located on the coast of two separate seas. Nevertheless, cooperation is very good because there are no direct flights to other nearby EU member states, but there are three of them for Croatia,» added Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

The two ministers also discussed the upcoming NATO summit, and agreed that it is necessary to continue working on development of decisions made at the summit in Wales. Rinkēvičs also thanked Croatia for its detailed opinion regarding the matter with western Balkans joining process. «We have an agreement in this matter because inclusion of those countries is important for the continent’s stability and security. Still, those countries still have to meet specific criteria and perform reforms for this to happen,» said Rinkēvičs.

In conclusion, the minister mentioned that he voiced support to Croatia in the country’s process of joining the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development.

Burić noted that both countries wish to develop their political dialogue. Latvia and Croatia have good cooperation in tourism. As for areas in which Croatia sees opportunities for expanding cooperation with Latvia, the minister mentioned pharmaceutical industry, ICT, direct contact among businesses, as well as cooperation in energy and transport sectors. «This kind of connection would make our countries’ cooperation even tighter. Digital and transport connections are very important in this regard,» added the Croatian Foreign Affairs Minister.

She also confirmed that both countries have similar interests when it comes to defence. In addition, Latvia and Croatia continue cooperating within NATO. She mentioned PESCO as a noteworthy cooperation format.

Croatia’s minister also said that the two countries have similar opinions on topical EU matters, including the future of the union and Brexit.


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