Korčok told a news conference that in 2020, Slovaks were mostly interested in whether the epidemiological situation would allow them to vacation in Croatia.
He was cautious about forecasts for the further epidemiological developments, and explained that it is too early to promise to hundreds of thousands of Slovakian travellers a summer vacation in Croatia.
“However, we hope that this all will turn out better than expected.”
Korčok praised the efforts of Croatia’s authorities and tourism sector and the campaign “Stay safe in Croatia”.
He called on the Croatians to visit Bratislava as well as other parts of his country in higher numbers.
In this context, Croatia’s Foreign and European Affairs Minister, Gordan Grlić Radman, mentioned the plans for the reintroduction of the rail service from Prague via Bratislava to Croatia’s coastal destinations for this summer season.
Grlić Radman thanked Slovakia for the earthquake relief which it sent to his country after the devastating quakes in 2020.
After Zagreb and its environs were affected by the 5.5-strong quake on 22 March, Bratislava immediately sent 128 beds and 200 sleeping bags, and after the 6.2-strong quake in Sisak-Moslavina County, Slovakia’s authorities delivered 44 heaters and 120 sleeping bags.
Korčok said that they were happy to be able to provide the concrete aid and underscored the close relations between that the Slovaks and the Croatians.
He expressed sympathy for the human losses and material damage caused by those disasters.
The two ministers discussed the plans for the further European Union’s enlargement, and they expected the bloc to overcome the stagnation in this process.
Korčok, who visited western Balkan countries last week, described the topic of enlargement as an important issue.
He praised those EU aspirants for their progress, however, also warned that there would be no shortcuts on their journey towards the Union. Those countries still have a lot to do in combatting corruption and implementing the rule of law, he added.
Grlić Radman welcomed the appointment of Slovakian politician Miroslav Lajčak as the EU envoy for the dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo.
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