German-Croatian Co-operation to be strengthened

4 July 2017. Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe and his Croatian counterpart, Professor Milan Kujundžić, signed, in Zagreb, a Joint Declaration to Strengthen Co-operation.

Photo: Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe, his Croatian counterpart and other persons attending the meeting are seated around a dark wooden table with microphones. The conference room has high white doors and walls with stucco ornaments and candelabras; the large, lit chandelier that hangs from the ceiling reflects in the polished wood.

Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe went to Zagreb to meet his Croatian counterpart Professor Milan Kujundžić…

Source: Government of Croatia

Photo: Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe and his counterpart Milan Kujundžić are seen sitting behind a long, light-coloured desk with microphones, signing the Declaration; spread across the wall behind them is a blue-white banner with the Croatian coat of arms, under it the words "Ministarstvo Zdravstva"; the Croation and European flags are displayed next to it.

…and to sign a Joint Declaration…

Source: BMG/Kroll

Federal Minister of Health Gröhe is seen shaking hands with Prime Minister Andrej Plenković; they are in a well-lit room with candelabras on the walls

…afterwards he met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, Andrej Plenković...

Source: Government of Croatia

Photo: Federal Minister of Health Gröhe is sitting behind a small, dark desk facing us, he is writing into a book. Behind him is a display of the Croatian and European flags. The room seems just wide enough for the desk to fit in; it has a long draped window at the far end and pictures on the walls.

...and wrote a note in the guest book of the City of Zagreb.

Source: Government of Croatia

The Joint Declaration we signed today marks an important step ahead in Croatian-German co-operation in the field of health. I am particularly happy that the mutual exchange of experts - for instance on hospital financing and management – is already running briskly! It is good to know that, going forward, we will also be deepening our co-operation on patient safety, quality assurance, health economy and health insurance. The aim we share is to keep improving our countries’ health care for the patients’ benefit.

Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe

During his visit, Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe also met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, Andrej Plenković, to discuss current international health policy challenges.

The Republic of Croatia has been pursuing a forward-looking health policy that offers many opportunities for co-operation. International challenges – such as the control of antimicrobial resistance and cross-border diseases – can only be resolved through joint action.

This is why Germany has made global health a priority of our G20 Presidency. At the invitation of Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe, the first-ever Health Ministers’ Meeting of the 20 leading industrialised and emerging economies (G20) took place in Berlin this past May. The two-day meeting focused on ways to address global health threats.