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Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) president Luka Burilovic and Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) president Rifat Hisarciklioglu met on Tuesday to discuss cooperation between the two countries, agreeing that the chambers and politics could provide the ground and make it easier for business people to enter new markets, the HGK said in a press release.

There is room for further growth in the car parts, textile, clothing and food industries and information technologies, the two officials said.

"Croatia's biggest advantage is its unique geographical position. We are the only European country which is simultaneously Danubian and Adriatic and, aside from that, Croatia is offering Turkey entry to the EU market, which has half a billion inhabitants because it's its partner to western European markets," Burilovic said.

Transport-wise, Croatia is especially important for Turkish business people because of the Pan-European Corridor X, which connects Turkey with western Europe, passing through Croatia, he said, adding that about 190,000 Turkish trucks used that corridor in 2014.

Hisarciklioglu said he fully supported Croatian business people in their transactions with Turkey and that he would intensively work on strengthening cooperation with the HGK to facilitate cooperation between Croatian and Turkish business people.

Tomorrow's economic forum will be the first step in creating new routes in business relations between Turkish and Croatian companies to the benefit of both economies, it was said.

TOBB is the most significant legal entity representing the interests of the private sector in Turkey, bringing together 365 regional economy, commerce, industry and maritime chambers, comprising a network of 1.4 million companies.

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