Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic and Hungarian Parliament Speaker Laszlo Kover met in Zagreb on Thursday to discuss ways of strengthening economic cooperation between the two countries following the model of trade and tourism, which have recorded considerable growth in the past few years, the Croatian government's public relations office said in a press release.
"Strengthening relations with our neighbours and intensifying contacts at all levels is one of the priorities of Croatia's new foreign policy," Oreskovic was quoted as saying.
Oreskovic and Kover were agreed that the joint committee on cooperation between the two governments was the best platform for institutional cooperation because it enabled not just closer bilateral economic and infrastructure relations but also dialogue on outstanding issues.
Oreskovic said that Croatia attached great importance to completing and modernising the railway infrastructure along the pan-European transport corridor Vb and road corridor Vc. He also stressed the need for joint efforts in absorbing EU funds and in that regard he called on Hungarian companies to increase the use of services provided by the northern Adriatic port of Rijeka, given that the Croatian government is working on increasing its capacity and improving its connectivity through infrastructure development.
The two officials said that cooperation in the field of minority rights was excellent.
The next meeting of the joint committee for cooperation in minority rights protection is expected to be held in the eastern city of Osijek early in autumn.