The neighbours are unhappy, once again.
As Morski writes on the 4th of July, 2018, the Slovenian Environmental Inspector has concluded that Croats are breeding shellfish in Slovenian waters.
While the Croats collect the shellfish, they’re protected by their police, and the Slovenian police are helpless and just have to watch what’s going on. Croatia still doesn’t acknowledge the arbitration decision issued by the European Court of Justice more than a year ago, writes the Slovenian portal 24ur.
At the inspection carried out in the ”Slovenian” part of Savudrija on June the 22nd, 2018, the Slovenian environmental inspector concluded that the number of Croatian farms had increased and added that proving that fact was still in progress and therefore did not provide any more information on the matter.
Referring to the previous arbitration decision of the ECJ, the Slovenes claim that farms located in that area belong to Slovenia, but despite that, TV Slovenija reports that since April last year, the number of concessionaires has been increased by as many as ten times, and has since continued to grow. Additionally, Croatian breeders are ”consistently protected by police ships while Slovene police officers can only passively observe,”
As the Slovenian Environmental Inspector reported to 24ur, during his visit in June, it was found that a two-field outdoor cultivation was set up, and he didn’t stop there, but complained that back in May, a concession for shellfish farming was given to a Croatian company from Umag.
The Slovenes continue to speak of the decision brought by the arbitral tribunal, which the Croatian has continually refused to acknowledge, stating that most of the aformentioned area belongs to Slovenia.
They added that Croatian fishermen operating in the area are not dissuaded by the verdict and regularly fish in the middle of the area which Croatia sees as the border, nor do Croatian fishermen pay their penalties to the Slovenian police or to the fisheries inspectorate, claiming that most payment orders are simply being returned to the Slovenian services, the Slovenian authorities have so far received 22 of them, amounting to a total worth 72,000 euro.
The neighbors conclude that Slovenia has obviously been rendered powerless in what they’re referring to as a new provocation from Croatia.