Moratinos agrees new tax deal with Croatia

19th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

19 May 2005, ZAGREB — Croatia and Spain have signed a tax accord as visiting Spanish foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos toured the Balkans.

19 May 2005

ZAGREB — Croatia and Spain have signed a tax accord as visiting Spanish foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos toured the Balkans.

"Both parties voiced a wish to further boost bilateral relations, notably in regard to economic matters," Croatian foreign minister Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said after meeting Moratinos in Zagreb.

The two countries signed an accord to end double taxation.

Croatia's exports to Spain last year amounted to EUR 34 million with imports worth almost ten times that amount.

Moratinos, on a two-day visit to the former Yugoslav republic, voiced Madrid's support for Zagreb's bid to join the European Union but urged it to remove "the last obstacle".

He referred to fugitive war crimes suspect Ante Gotovina, wanted by the UN court at The Hague for alleged crimes against ethnic Serbs at the end of Croatia's 1991-1995 conflict.

Zagreb claims he has fled the country but Brussels has refused to open membership talks, originally scheduled to begin in March, due to Croatia's failure to arrest him.

Moratinos visited Serbia and Montenegro as well as Bosnia earlier in the week.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

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