Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and European Integration Minister Iurie Leanca today paid an official visit to Croatia, at the invitation of his Croatian counterpart, Vesna Pusic, the ministry's information and communication service has reported.
The Moldovan official held visits with Croatian Parliament Speaker Josip Leko, Deputy Prime Minister Neven Mimica and Foreign and European Integration Minister Vesna Pusic.
The sides exchanged opinions on the current stage and the development prospects of the Moldovan-Croatian ties, given the fact that Leanca is the first Moldovan foreign minister to visit Croatia during the 20-year bilateral ties between the two countries.
Given this occasion and in the context of Moldova's progress on its European integration path, the two ministers signed an intergovernmental agreement between Moldova and Croatia on a European Partnership. The agreement provides for the consolidation of the cooperation in the European integration sector, including the establishment of a joint commission, responsible for selecting cooperation sectors and elaborating specific programmes to implement the agreements' provisions. The agreement also sees that Croatia would back Moldova's European prospect.
Leanca spoke in favour of boosting up the bilateral political dialogue, informing the Croatian side of Moldova's progress in its dialogue with the EU, praising Croatia's participation in Moldova's European Action Group. The Moldovan official said the European integration is the only way to create a truly democratic state with a functioning market economy.
For her part, Foreign and European Integration Minister Vesna Pusic said Croatia is firmly backing the EU's enlargement, which is favourable both for Croatia and the entire region. She voiced support for offering Moldova clear European prospects, displaying availability to share Croatia's expertise and experience with its Moldovan partners. This experience could be inclusively shared through Croatian Foreign and European Integration Ministry's Excellency Centre for cooperation with South-East European countries and member states of the Eastern Partnership.
The sides agreed that it is important to consolidate the political dialogue, intensify economic cooperation and collaborate in the European and international sectors.
Leanca invited his counterpart to pay an official visit to Moldova in 2013.