Croatia -Greece relations are the foreign relations between Croatia and Greece. Both countries established diplomatic relations on July 20, 1992. Since November 1994, Greece has an embassy in Zagreb. Croatia has an embassy in Athens. The relations between Croatia and Greece have been regarded as excellent with a high cooperation between the two countries on the economic, touristic and political aspect, further enhanced by the accession of Croatia to the European Union in 2013. Greece was a key supporter during the accession process of Croatia to the European Union.
List of state visits
- President of Greece, Konstantinos Stephanopoulos, visited Croatia in May 2001, whilst President Mesic of Croatia paid an official visit to Athens from November 18–20, 2003.
- Prime Minister of Greece, Kostas Karamanlis, met with his Prime Minister of Croatia, Ivo Sanader, in Thessaloniki on October 21, 2004 on the occasion of the Congress of Orthodox Churches and the Congress of European Peoples Parties.
- On November 3, 2009, the President of Croatia, Stjepan Mesić, visited Athens.
List of bilateral agreements
- Agreement on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations
- Protocol of Cooperation between the Foreign Ministries of Greece and Croatia (Athens, November 24, 1992)
- Agreement on Economic Cooperation (Zagreb, September 13, 1994)
- Agreement on Mutual Abolition of the Visa Requirement for Short-Term Stay (Athens, March 10, 1995)
- Agreement on the Return of Illegal Residents (Athens, March 10, 1995)
- Cultural, Educational and Scientific Cooperation Agreement, (Athens, March 10, 1995)
- Agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation on Income and Capital (Zagreb, October 18, 1996)
- Agreement on the Promotion and Mutual Protection of Investments (Zagreb, October 18, 1996)
- Agreement on International Road Passenger and Freight Transport (Zagreb, January 17, 1996)
- Military Cooperation Agreement (Athens, June 27, 2000)
- Maritime Transport Agreement (Zagreb, May 23, 2001)
- Greek-Croatian Foreign Ministries Cooperation Protocol (Athens, November 24, 1992)
- Air Transport Agreement (Athens, February 27, 2001)
Cultural relations between the two countries are governed by the 1995 Bilateral Cultural Agreement. A Chair in Modern Greek Language and Literature has been established at the University of Zagreb.
Croatia and Greece have been cooperating on tourism with a high level of exchange of tourists to each other. Approximately 16.000 Croatians visited Greece in 2012 and in 2006 7,000 Greeks visited Croatia, indicating an increase from 2005 when 5,000 Greeks visited Croatia. In 2012 the Commercial and Consular Attaché at the Embassy of the Croatia in Athens Anna-Marija Muselimović has supported that all relevant agreements regulating economic cooperation and transport between Greece and Croatia have been signed and are in force and trade between the two countries is capable of further increasing. The main source of trade between Croatia and Greece is based on the number of orders of ships to be built by Croatian shipyards for Greek shipowners.
Croatia and Greece have different views on Serbia. Greece generally supports Serbia's stance over past armed conflicts in the Balkans, especially over the Kosovo war, while Croatia has fought against Serbs during the Yugoslav wars and is also supporter of an independent Kosovo.
- Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration: list of bilateral treaties with Greece[permanent dead link]
- Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the relation with Croatia
- Greek embassy in Zagreb