We stick to our promises

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A recently signed bilateral Strategic Partnership Agreement for the years 2018-2021 confirms the strong ties between France and Croatia. Naturally, France supports Croatia’s efforts in the process of joining the Schengen area, the EMU and the OECD.

 In 2016, for the first time in the history of France, two diplomats – Corinne Meunier and Philippe Meunier, the French ambassadors to Croatia – were sent to one country. We spoke with H.E. Ms Meunier about the French-Croatian relations, and how they were bolstered by this new experience.

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Croatia is a country of diverse tourism

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Croatian tourism has the potential to achieve even greater results and I believe we will be year-round successful. The most important moment is the change in attitudes and consumption habits of our visitors, who, besides the sea and the sun, enjoy gastronomic, health, nautical, wellness and cycling tourism.

“Our goal is everybody to be satisfied – tourists, investors and local residents,” says Gari Capelli, Croatia’s Minister of Tourism who, in an interview for D & C, talks about the Ministry and the government’s ambitious plans to make tourism one of the developmental branches that are the driving force behind many other economic segments.

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Each event has its own magic

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While the Croatian public is enjoying seeing Italian masters as well as new young artists, musicians, dancers and writers, the Italian Cultural Institute in Zagreb is busy preparing the next magnificent cultural season.

Italy and Croatia have been forging cultural links over the centuries, and they represent a fertile ground for today’s artistic exchange. The list of cultural works which the Croatian public had seen in the past years and those which are at present in the pipeline is impressive. There was the Caravaggio exhibition in the Museum of Art and Crafts, marking Croatia’s entry into the EU, which was definitely one of the more memorable ones, with many others have followed. For example, last year, the public had an opportunity to see the splendour of Italian Baroque featuring Tiepolo, while at the end of this year, the Museum of Archaeology in Zagreb will become a setting for the virtual exhibition Master Giotto devoted to yet another Italian master. These cultural wonders are not reserved only for the citizens of the Croatian capital: many exhibitions, concerts and movies, which the Italian Cultural Institute in Zagreb has unveiling to the Croatian public for decades, are traveling all around the country. And while the immortal masters are always a delight for the eyes and soul, so are the young Italian artists who are presenting their talents to the Croatian fans of jazz, dance and written word.

In interview for Diplomacy and Commerce, Stefania Del Bravo, the Institute’s Director, is already busy planning the cultural calendar for the next year. Although it is too early to speak about the programme in detail, she reveals some of the content to our readers.

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Italy and Croatia growing together

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The office of  Italian Trade Agency in Zagreb was founded in 1956 and is one of the oldest such offices in the world, well-known among Croatian companies.

We have an extensive network of offices around the world – 79 in 65 countries – and our 900 employees sustain Italian firms in their internationalization processes and promote the image of the “Made in Italy” products around the world, says Margherita Lo Greco  Director of Italian Trade Agency.

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easyJet selected Croatia for the destination of the year!

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For the first time in history, this company’s magazine is devoted to only one country – Croatia.

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Good momentum for further coperation

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Political, economic and cultural relations between Croatia and Italy are increasingly strengthening. Areas in which we can strengthen and intensify our cooperation are ranging from migration issues to economic and trade relations, to education and research.

The relations between Croatia and Italy are strong and manifold, with many new opportunities for further cooperation, says Ambassador of the Italian Republic to the Republic of Croatia, H.E. Adriano Chiodi Cianfarani.

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A helping hand

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As a community helping international families living in Croatia we created a social platform which enables them to tap into a big network of information from finding their new homes to dealing with everyday challenges of living in a foreign country.

The International Women’s Club Zagreb (IWCZ) is an organization with the long tradition, but its secret of longevity lies in being new and different every day and making each event memorable for its members. Managing a club which gathers women from around the globe requires the management and the members to nurture a culture of tolerance, multiculturalist approach and openness to the members’ needs. While charity events are the most important part of the Club’s activities, new members are also forming new kinds of networking. Hence, IWCZ has recently added a business programme to its activities in response to the needs of professional women expatriates.

Akuoma Helen Boromisa, President of the International Women’s Club Zagreb and a businesswoman herself, talks with pride about the organization, which was and still is the first address to which women expats turn to during their stay in Croatia. “We offer great social support to our members and their families”, says Ms Boromisa.

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We can do well together

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I am proud of the fact that I have known this country since its re-birth and that I have witnessed its important progress. I believe that Croatia has fantastic development opportunities for its society and economy, amplified by the opportunities offered by the Single Market.

It is not that common that an ambassador gets to know a country in which he will later serve, as a child, then live in the country during the hardest period in its recent history, and then witness the re-birth of the country and its successful accession into the European family. H.E. Mr. Lars Schmidt, Ambassador of Sweden in Croatia, has witnessed all these moments. Additionally, and under his watch, the already good relations between his home country and Croatia became better than ever before.

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A historic photo of the Croatian and French ambassadors ahead of today’s match!

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On the occasion of the Day of the Fall of Bastille in the garden of the Embassy of France in Kalemegdan, Belgrade, the editorial staff of the magazine “Diplomacy & Commerce” staged a photo shooting of the Croatian Ambassador H. E. Gordan Bakota and French Ambassador H. E. Frederic Mondoloni.

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Important anniversary

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The 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Croatia and Japan gives a lot of opportunities for further deepening of the bilateral, economic and cultural ties between our two countries.

Japan recognized Croatia as an independent state in March 1992 when Croatia joined the United Nations and this year – 2018 – is the year that marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between two countries which took place in March 1993, reminds H.E. Keiji Takiguchi, Japanese Ambassador to Croatia

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