President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is on a two-day official visit to Switzerland, after accepting an invitation from Swiss President Ueli Maurer.
President Maurer received President Grabar-Kitarović with a welcoming ceremony at the Lohn Manor, the official residence of the President of the Swiss Confederation in Bern. The two presidents and their delegations then held introductory meetings.
Although the two countries already enjoy friendly relations and excellent bilateral cooperation, Croatia remains the only EU member state whose citizens cannot live and work in Switzerland without a work visa. President Grabar-Kitarović requested a shortening of the transitional period that limits Croatians from freely living and working in Switzerland, which is currently in effect until 2027.
“At the moment, Switzerland still has a transitional period for Croatian citizens," said the president. "As you know, the ratification of Protocol III lasted three-and-a-half years. What we have suggested is that Switzerland takes this into consideration and shortens the transition period by three-and-a-half years.”
The President added that Croatians have integrated very well into Swiss society and that the Croatian community in Switzerland represents a strong link between the two peoples, countries and cultures.
President Grabar-Kitarović said Croatia would continue to take the necessary measures to further improve the investment climate for foreign investors and enhance economic partnerships between companies from both countries.
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