From January 1, 2022, Croatian citizens will be equated with citizens of other EU member states in the Swiss labour market, which will give new impetus to bilateral Croatian-Swiss relations, it was said at a meeting of Croatian and Swiss foreign ministers in Bern on Tuesday.
The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Gordan Grlić Radman, paid a working visit to the Swiss Confederation on Tuesday, where he met with Swiss Foreign Minister, Ignazio Cassis, the Foreign Ministry said.
Grlić Radman welcomed the decision of the Swiss Federal Council of 1 October 2021 which, opens the labour market in Switzerland to Croatians.
Minister Grlić Radman emphasized the good and friendly relations between Croatia and Switzerland, firmly anchored in European values, to which the Croatian community in Switzerland certainly contributes.
He thanked Minister Cassis for the donation of 20 fully equipped mobile housing units and 12 sanitary containers, which Switzerland sent to the earthquake-affected areas in Banovina. In this regard, the possibility of further cooperation between the competent services of both countries in the field of civil protection was mentioned.
They also discussed the regulation of the working status of Croatian teachers in Switzerland. "Croatian teaching is extremely important for maintaining and nurturing, in addition to the linguistic and Croatian cultural and national identity of the younger generations of Croatian emigrants in Switzerland," said Minister Grlić Radman. During his visit to Switzerland, the Minister took the opportunity to meet with representatives of the Croatian community.