International Fair to Boost Croatia, Bulgaria Economic Cooperation

Politics | September 16, 2003, Tuesday // 00:00

The International Autumn Fair -- in which Bulgaria partners Croatia -- in Zagreb is an important drive for further development of economic cooperation and trade between the two countries, Bulgarian Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg said Tuesday during his official visit to Croatia's capital.Forty Bulgarian companies participate in the International Autumn Fair.

Saxe-Coburg joined the Fair's opening, also attended by Croatian President Stjepan Mesic. The Bulgarian prime minister made a tour around the exhibition area, starting from Bulgaria's pavilion.

Saxe-Coburg underlined that he joined efforts with his Croatian counterpart Ivica Racan to provide favorable conditions for economic assistance between the two countries. He also pointed that common goals -- to enter the European Union (EU) and NATO -- were a good basis for cooperation in the spheres of trade and industry.

The prime minister pledged unconditional support for Croatia's efforts to start EU pre-accession talks and receive an invitation to join NATO.

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