Following the proposal of the Ministry of Finance, the Cabinet of Ministers has adopted a decree meant to adjust bilateral customs relations between Ukraine and Croatia to the EU guidelines. The need for this step is related to the full-scale EU membership of Croatia which came into effect on July 1, 2013.
To settle bilateral customs cooperation between Ukraine and Croatia, to enable mutual administrative assistance to counteract illegal actions affecting the economic interests of the two countries as well as to prevent such actions, Ukraine and Croatia signed an agreement on May 31, 2007, on mutual assistance in the customs area. After Croatia had become an EU-member, its bilateral agreements with other countries, including the above agreement with Ukraine, had to be adjusted to the EU directives.
Accordingly, the Customs administration of Croatia proposed to remove regulations which contradict the EU laws from the agreement with Ukraine. These are:
- effective coordination of the exchange of personnel and experts as well as assignment of communication officers;
- simplification and harmonization of the customs procedures.
Following the proposal of Croatia, the Cabinet of Ministers adopted a decree entitling Head of the State Fiscal Service Roman Nasirov to sign the necessary agreement.