ZAGREB, February 26, 2020 – The new Italian Consul-General in Rijeka, Davide Bradanini, said on Tuesday that the two countries have had extremely good relations for years and that Italy provides Croatia with the greatest support for its efforts to join the passport-free Schengen Area.
During his visit to the Istrian city of Pula, the consul said that the two countries had developed good relations and cooperation in the economic, political, cultural and tourism sectors.
“So far, a lot has been done in those sectors, and I would like to deepen our shared interests and cooperation in all fields,” said Bradanini.
He praised Pula and Istria for the rights and entitlements enjoyed by the local Italian community.
“I am aware of the fact that the Italian minority here is a great asset,” Bradanini said.
The acting Istria County prefect Fabrizio Radin said that although Croatia is part of the European Union, the current border system is still a barrier, underlining the importance of Croatia’s admission to the Schengen Area.
Pula Mayor Boris Miletić said he is proud of the city’s statute which guarantees rights to all ethnic minorities in Istria’s largest city.
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