Opinion of Advocate General as Step Toward Agreement with Slovenia

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ZAGREB, December 12, 2019 – The opinion of the advocate general of the European Union’s top court that this judicial institution has no jurisdiction over the Slovenia-Croatia border dispute is a step toward agreement between the two countries on the issue dating back to the time of Yugoslavia’s break-up, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Wednesday.

Court of Justice of the European Union Advocate General Priit Pikamae said on Wednesday the Court did not have jurisdiction in Slovenia’s case against Croatia, accepting arguments submitted by Croatia which argued that the case was not about EU law but international law.

Slovenia launched proceedings against Croatia alleging that its neighbour was violating articles of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union which concern respect for the rule of law and loyal cooperation between member states.

Commenting on the opinion of the Estonian expert Pikamae, Plenković said at a meeting of his cabinet that what Croatia and Slovenia had in common was greater than the issue of border demarcation, an outstanding issue dating back to the time when they were republics in the Yugoslav federation.

“Eventually we will definitely sit at the table and seek a mutually satisfactory solution,” said the premier.

The opinion presented by the independent attorney-general is a step in that direction, he added.

More news about the border issue between Croatia and Slovenia can be found in the Politics section.


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