Vienna, 28 July 2022 (TDI): Austrian Foreign Minister, Alexander Schallenberg met with Croatian Foreign Minister, Gordan Grlić-Radman in Vienna. The two sides discussed matters of mutual concern including the Ukraine war and energy cooperation.
Austrian Foreign Minister stated that European solidarity is necessary to dampen the Russian attempts to weaponize the Energy supply.
Excellent meeting with Croatian FM @grlicradman 🇭🇷 today. Talked about #Russia’s war of aggression in #Ukraine and European perspective of the #WesternBalkans. Also discussed energy cooperation – EU solidarity is crucial to blunt Russia’s attempts to weaponize energy supply. pic.twitter.com/tXOGgonxt7
— Alexander Schallenberg (@a_schallenberg) July 27, 2022
While the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia stressed the need to work together to counter challenges, especially in the enlargement of the EU in the western Balkans and the energy sector.
Heute in #Wien hatte ich das Vergnügen meinen lieben Kollegen Alexander #Schallenberg treffen zu dürfen.
🇭🇷 und 🇦🇹 als #EU-Partner müssen in Zeiten großer Herausforderung noch enger zusammenarbeiten, insbesondere im 🇪🇺-Erweiterungsprozess des Westbalkans und im Energiesektor. pic.twitter.com/teGu5G9a3H
— Gordan Grlić Radman (@grlicradman) July 27, 2022
Relations between the two Countries
Bilateral relations between the two countries were established on January 15, 1992, following Croatia’s independence from Yugoslavia.
Croatia has an Embassy in Vienna and Consulates in Graz, Linz, St. Polten, and Salzburg. Likewise, Austria maintains an Embassy in Zagreb and a Consulate in Rijeka.
Moreover, Austria is the largest foreign investor in Croatia. Impressively, Austria invested more than 7 billion euros from 1993 to 2014.
In addition, the two countries are also the founding members of the Alps-Adriatic Working Group to promote cooperation between the Eastern Alps and Northern Adriatic.
Especially, in the field of tourism, environmental protection, culture, science, politics, economy, and European integration.
Further, the Austrian Cultural Forum was founded in Zagreb in 1995. The aim of this organization is to promote Austrian culture and the German Language in Croatia. Moreover, both countries are active members of the European Union.