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Croatian President Ivo Josipović pays an official visit to Switzerland. His meeting with Federal President Didier Burkhalter serves to strengthen Switzerland's bilateral relations with the youngest member state of the European Union (EU).

The talks between the two heads of state will mainly concern European policy issues, such as Switzerland's relations with the EU and the consequences of the adoption of the “Against mass immigration” initiative by the Swiss people on February 9, 2014. In this context, the declaration of the Federal Council of April 30, 2014 on the contingent admission of Croatian nationals to the Swiss labor market.

In addition, the two presidents will discuss the political situation in the Western Balkans and exchange their respective assessments and priorities. Didier Burkhalter will also present the commitment of the Swiss Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), particularly in the wake of the Ukraine crisis.

Deepening relationships

Relations between Switzerland and Croatia have been expanded and intensified in recent months. Ivo Josipović's visit is the first official visit by a Croatian President to Switzerland. The last meeting at the presidential level between Switzerland and Croatia dates back to November 14, 2011. At that time, Federal President Micheline Calmy-Rey traveled to Zagreb to meet Ivo Josipović. For his part, Federal President Didier Burkhalter recently met his Croatian counterpart at the security conference in Munich on February 14, 2014.

Contingents

On April 30, 2014, the Federal Council passed a declaration according to which it will treat Croatian citizens in the same way as nationals of other EU member states. For this purpose, the Federal Council will grant Croatian nationals the same quotas that they would have received had they signed Protocol III to the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons (FZA). This measure comes into force on July 1, 2014 and applies until a comprehensive solution is found in the area of ​​the free movement of persons between Switzerland and the EU, or by February 9, 2017 at the latest.

On April 30, 2014, the Federal Council also confirmed the enlargement contribution of 45 million CHF for Croatia. The Swiss parliament still has to approve the credit line required for implementation.