Relations between Turkey and Croatia

Political Relations:

Turkey was among the first countries to recognize the independence of Croatia. She has established very close relations with this country and has supported its accession to NATO.

Bilateral high level visits which have gained momentum with the signing of the “Strategy Document” beginning of 2009, have contributed to the development of bilateral relations. With the establishment of Turkey-Bosnia Herzegovina-Croatia trilateral advisory mechanism in January of 2010, and within the context of the Southeast Europe Cooperation Process Presidency that Turkey had assumed during the period June 2009 – June 2010, close cooperation was developed between the two countries on regional issues as well.

  • H.E. President Erdoğan paid a visit to Croatia on 26-27 April 2016.
  • Kolinda Grabar Kitaroviç, President of Croatia, paid a visit to İstanbul on 23-24 May 2016 within the context of World Humanitarian Summit.
  • Prime Minister Erdoğan paid a visit to Croatia on 12-13 December 2009.
  • Prime Minister of Croatia Jadranka Kosor paid a visit to Turkey on 24 November 2010.
  • E.Minister Çavuşoğlu paid a visit to Croatia on 9-11 July 2015 within the context of the 10th Croatia Forum.
  • Croatia’s 1st Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign and Europe Affairs Vesna Pusiç visited Turkey on 19 December 2014.

Turkey-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Croatia Foreign Ministers, within the context of trilateral advisory mechanism, gathered in New York in September 2017.

Co-president from the Turkish side of Turkey-Croatia Inter-parliamentary Friendship Group is AK Party Manisa deputy İsmail Bilen and from the Croatian side is HNS deputy Goran Beus Richembergh.

Economic Relations:

Bilateral Trade Figures:
















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Source: TÜİK (Million Dollar)

Primary Export Products: iron and steel, machinery and equipment, land vehicles, textile products

Primary Import Products: fertilizer, metal extracts, raw metal, technic equipment, plastic

Agreement on “Reciprocal Protection and Promotion of Investments” dated 12 February 1996, “Agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation” dated 22 September 1997 and “Economic Cooperation Agreement” dated 18 February 2009 constitute the legal basis of our bilateral economic relations.

The Free Trade Agreement which was signed on 13 March 2002 and which entered into force on 1 July 2003 was terminated when Croatia joined the EU on 1 July 2013.

In recent years, Turkish firms got more interested in Croatia as it relates to tourism, banking, energy, construction and textile sectors. Croatian government also encourages Turkish investments in Croatia.

Turkish investments towards Croatia have recently gained momentum. In 2012 Turkish businessmen ranked in the top three among foreign investors investing in Croatia.

There are 15 Turkish investment firms in Croatia representing a total of 350 million Euros worth of investments. Within Turkish investments in Croatia tourism-hotel-marina management ranks number one. Up until today, 6 projects valued at 610 million Dollars, were undertaken by the Turkish construction firms in Croatia.

Last meeting of the Joint Economic Commission (JEC) between Turkey and Croatia was held on 14-15 December 2010. As of 8 July 2017 JEC Co-President is Deputy Prime Minister Fikri Işık.

Turkish Co-President of Turkey-Croatia Business Council within the body of Foreign Economic Relations Board is Doğuş Holding regional director Burak Baykan, Croatian Co-President is the President of Zagreb Economy Chamber, Fröh Lich.

As of September 2017, 16.768 Croatian tourists visited Turkey.

Cultural Relations:

While TICA is active, Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Center is not present in Croatia.