Mutual interest in expanding bilateral economic cooperation

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Croatia’s accession to the EU has opened new perspectives for cooperation between Greece and Croatia for this region as well.

There are growth opportunities and I do not see any particular obstacles for the development of our bilateral commercial relations,” says Christos Farmakis, First Counsellor for Economic and Commercial Affairs at Greek Embassy in the Republic of Croatia.

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We need a better regulatory framework

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We will strive to ensure that the laws, which concern the banking sector as well as the economy as a whole, will be drafted in the future by the consensus of the political, business and regulatory sectors. We hope to find enough partners in the society to do this.

Long periods of low interest rates have facilitated the bolstering of competition and more favourable loans, which benefitted the borrowers. Unfortunately, the banks cannot say that the operating conditions for them were favourable too. This is primarily due to the relatively weak demand for loans, as well as the adverse regulatory environment – says Zdenko Adrović, Director of the Croatian Banking Association.

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Healthy and sustainable company growth

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We are certainly among the leading car rental companies in the region.

In an interview for InFocus Greece, Country Manager Hertz Croatia, Daniel Drenški says that the company renews its extensive fleet of vehicles every 6 months because quality and customer safety come first.

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Good and deep relations

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The bilateral relations, based on the principle of good neighbourly relations, are very good, and have been cultivated by frequent bilateral contacts in the past years.

Greece and Croatia have established diplomatic relations in 1992, but they definitely became even closer since Croatia’s accession to the European Union in 2013, days H.E. Stavros Tsiepas, Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to Croatia.

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Croatia is one of the most important partners

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Although being a comparatively small market with only 4.1 million inhabitants, Croatia has attracted many German investors – especially since the country´s accession to the European Union in July 2013, says  Volker Treier  Deputy CEO of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry for Diplomacy&Commerce. 

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We carefully spend every eurocent

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Our goal is to raise competitiveness of the Croatian agriculture and related activities, as well as fisheries. To achieve this, we need investments, mergers, innovative products and value-added products. We are constantly working on this and I believe that the results of this work will put our country and agriculture into a better position after 2020 than it is today.

I believe that every single eurocent that we withdrew from European funds intended for agriculture will be utilized by the end of 2020,“says Tomislav Tolušić, Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister, with whom we talked about the results of the Ministry’s work over the past two years, namely since he was appointed minister.

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Canada’s Air Transat updates frequency of Zagreb-Toronto service

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Canadian leisure airline Air Transat plans to increase the frequency of of its service linking Toronto to Croatia’s capital Zagreb to three weekly between June and September, according to the company’s flight schedule.

The flights will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from June 17 to September 13, the flight schedule data for Summer 2019 shows.

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The consumer has taken control

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In addition to our widely recognized identity of green, active and healthy country in 2019 we are launching a new creative solution “Slovenia – My Way” which provides highly individualized consumers with a plethora of choices, inviting them to experience Slovenia in their own unique way.

We have adopted a very clear vision of a boutique green country, with premium quality. This is something I personally believe to be of the utmost importance – to have a clear vision, and to get all stakeholders behind it. And I can say that we have succeeded in this”, says Maja Pak, Director of the Slovenian Tourist Board and a seasoned expert in the tourism industry.

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Every year brings new challenges

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It’s a great challenge to record strong tourism growth year-on-year, but we think that we can succeed in that. Although Croatia is a relatively small country, we offer a lot of diversity and that’s our advantage. Along with a stronger promotion and the synergy between public and private sector, we are confident that we can succeed.

Croatia has all the prerequisites to be one of the top tourist countries in the world, says Kristijan Staničić, director of the Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ). But to make that happen, the country has to constantly improve its tourist offer because the times when tourists only wanted a comfortable bed, good food and beautiful sea have long passed.

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We want to remain leaders in modernization

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Although life in a coalition is not always rosy, the president of the HNS believes that, through cooperating with the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), his party has made a step in good direction. By participating in the government, the HNS is strongly contributing to modernization that exceeds the mandates of the two ministries it helms.

We want to be open to new innovative solutions both in politics and in education, as well as in business and all other segments of everyday life of our citizens”, says Ivan Vrdoljak, president of the HNS. Since entering into the coalition with a politically unexpected partner such as the HDZ, the party’s new slogan has been “Neither left nor right – just ahead!” “HNS responds to the challenges of time we live in, where classic divisions and classic political and economic responses no longer take place”, Mr. Vrdoljak adds.

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