Republic of Croatia
The Republic of Bulgaria was among the first countries to recognise the independence of the Republic of Croatia on January 15, 1992. Diplomatic relations at the embassy level were established on August 13, 1992. There are no open or controversial issues of political, economic, financial or other nature between the two countries. The two countries' membership in the EU and NATO strengthens the partnership between them and opens up additional opportunities for cooperation.
Bulgaria strives to maintain an active high and top-level political dialogue and to develop cooperation between the sectoral ministries, the exchange of parliamentary delegations at the level of commissions and friendship groups. The two countries express similar positions on addressing the common challenges the region and Europe are facing, incl. the migration pressure, the fight against terrorism, by interacting on topics on the EU agenda on which they have common interests and similar positions. We strive to increase trade and tourism, intensive cultural and educational exchange and to expand direct links and establish cooperation between Bulgarian and Croatian cities and regions.
Of mutual interest is the two countries' cooperation aimed at strengthening the stability in the region of Southeast Europe, in particular the Western Balkans, by supporting the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of the countries of the Western Balkans, promoting the necessary reforms, the principle of good neighbourly relations, and the cooperation within regional formats.
Bulgaria works hard to preserve the national and cultural identity of the Bulgarian national minority in Republic of Croatia.