Political leaders of the EU member countries and region of Western Balkans met on Wednesday on 16th Bled Strategic Forum in the Slovenian lakeside town of Bled.
At the start of the Forum, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said that Croatia and Slovenia have improved their relationship during the term of the incumbent Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša.
“I think that during the term of Prime Minister Janez Janša we have established excellent dialogue, excellent communication and cooperation. Economic relations, tourism, outstanding issues – they are all being dealt with to the satisfaction of both countries,” Plenković said.
He added that unresolved issues between the two countries, such as the border dispute, should be addressed in ways that would not harm their mutual relations, and that this was possible during the term of the present government.
Plenković is attending a panel on the future of Europe, the theme of this year’s forum, which Slovenian Foreign Minister Anže Logar has described as “the strongest yet”, HINA Agency said in the report from Bled.
On the margins of the gathering, the Croatian prime minister is due to meet with Prime Minister Janša, European Council President Charles Michel and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Earlier in the day, Plenković talked with Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti. He is also expected to meet with Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, but not bilaterally.
The Croatian prime minister was also due to meet with Montenegrin Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapić, but the Montenegrin delegation has cancelled its arrival.
The forum is also being attended by European Parliament President David Sassoli, Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Várhelyi, Commission Vice President Dubravka Šuica, the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Greece, North Macedonia, Poland and Albania, High Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina Christian Schmidt and two members of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tripartite presidency, Šefik Džaferović and Željko Komšić.
Croatian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Gordan Grlić Radman will join the two-day forum on Thursday when he will speak at a panel on cooperation in the Adriatic Sea.