Croatia Working with Canada in Economic Alliance

According to recent announcements made to the press by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Prime Minister of Croatia, Jadranka Kosor, both countries are now entering into a brand new era in which they will strengthen their bilateral relationships with one another. By signing a recent agreement that allows young people from both countries to work and travel between the two nations, the countries are expecting to be able to strengthen their cultural ties. Prime Minister Harper is the first Canadian PM to pay a visit to the nation of Croatia since 1991. The agreement allows Canadian young people between the ages of 18 and 35 to travel and work in Croatia and the same is true in reverse for Croatians who wish to do the same in Canada. This is not a first for Canada, which has more than 25 similar agreements with other nations around the world.

Harper happened to be in the area thanks to his attendance at a summit for the Canada European Union relations which is being held in Brussels. He has visited 4 different European nations during this current trip. During his visit to Croatia, a small welcoming ceremony was held for the Prime Minister in St. Mark’s Square and several Canadian ex patriots showed up sporting jerseys of hockey teams in their home land. Prior to receiving such a warm welcome in Croatia, Harper had been touring Amsterdam where he met with a variety of Dutch leaders of industry and attended a lunch with Queen Beatrix, the nation’s symbolic royal figure.

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