is meeting with the Croatian Minister of Economy Darko Horvat today to discuss the economic relations between the two countries. Above all, the meeting serves to continue coordination on Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Croatia, the youngest member of the European Union, has held the Presidency since January 2020, which will be taken over by Germany in July. The two politicians last met during the visit of Minister Altmaier to Zagreb on 20/21 October 2019.
Minister Altmaier said: "Germany and Croatia share close relations based on partnership and friendship. This is absolutely vital for the success of our successive presidencies. We want to jointly contribute to increasing competitiveness, prosperity and economic growth within the EU, strengthening the cohesion of the Member States and consolidating the EU's role as an effective international player within the framework of a rule-based multilateral order".
German-Croatian economic relations provide a strong foundation for this endeavour. It is particularly gratifying that our bilateral trade is growing dynamically again. At around 5.6 billion euros, bilateral trade in 2019 clearly exceeded the 5 billion euro mark. This means that we have doubled our trade in goods since Croatia's accession to the EU in 2013.