Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović was received at the presidential palace in Tallinn, Estonia, by her Estonian counterpart Kersti Kaljulaid in a ceremony on Tuesday.
The two presidents held discussions on strengthening bilateral relations, security issues and cooperation in NATO, as well as wider EU themes. Special emphasis was placed on preparations for Croatia assuming the rotating European presidency during the first half of 2020.
The Three Seas Initiative was also discussed, as it offers concrete opportunities for cooperation in those economic sectors that are of strategic interest for both countries - from energy security and infrastructure development.
"It is my pleasure to welcome you here in Tallinn," said the Estonian president at their joint press conference. "Estonia and Croatia have made great advancements since the beginning of diplomatic relations in 1991," she continued. "We are both members of the same international organizations, such as the UN, the World Trade Organization, the EU, and NATO. You are here exactly six months before Croatia assumes the presidency of the European Union. We know how that is, and we are here to provide our support," she concluded.
Estonia is the European Union leader when it comes to the digitalization of society, something which Croatia has placed more emphasis on in recent years.
"It's a fact that digitalization has not only allowed for citizens to get things done easier by simplifying administrative processes," said President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, "but it has also allowed for increased investments in Estonia. Estonia also has one of the fastest growing economies and will very shortly be among the top twenty nations in the world."
"Croatia will continue to improve the investment climate and I hope that Estonian companies will recognize the benefits of investing in Croatia," said the Croatian president. "We greatly value Estonia's continued support in helping us achieve our goals, such as joining the Schengen Area and the OECD (the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development)," said Grabar-Kitarović.
The Croatian president will also hold talks with Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas and Parliament Speaker Henn Polluas during her first official visit to the Baltic nation.