Anže Logar and Gordan Grlić Radman, the Foreign Ministers of Slovenia and Croatia respectively, met in Ljubljana on Tuesday and discussed about further cooperation and coordination in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and about cooperation in the European Union.
At the press conference after the meeting, Logar said that he was happy to see in a conversation with Slovenian epidemiologists, who are monitoring the situation in Croatia, that the number of new cases of coronavirus infection is decreasing in some areas.
“I think that Slovenia and Croatia must continue to work closely together and adopt coordinated measures to limit the epidemic,” Logar pointed out.
Answering questions from journalists, Logar confirmed that he had discussed with the Croatian minister some epidemiological risks in Croatia regarding the stay of Slovenian tourists and the possibility of the virus being transmitted from Croatia.
He pointed out open nightclubs and bars as a problem, and added that recently there have been several cases of virus introduction from Croatia in Slovenia, and that there are the cases of those who come from BiH – which is on “red list” – to Slovenia, and stay in Croatia for two days, in order to get confirmation that they do not need quarantine in Slovenia.
Logar added that Slovenia is closely monitoring the epidemiological situation in the region, including Croatia, where many Slovenian tourists are staying, but denied allegations that the Slovenian government is considering closing the border with Croatia in the middle of next month, to prevent the possibility of children who were on vacation in Croatia getting infected, before the beginning of the school year.
Logar said that at today’s meeting with the Croatian minister, they did not discuss the change or tightening of the regime at the border due to Covid-19, for which there are pre-determined criteria in Slovenia.
“Everything depends on the epidemiological situation in both countries and on the number of possible cases from Croatia”, Logar said.
Logar also said that he presented Slovenia’s views on Slovenia’s cooperation in the Three Seas Initiative, whose summit is scheduled for October in Tallinn, and was interested in Croatia’s projects within the initiative, with the possibility of cooperation with Slovenia.
Grlić Radman said at a joint press conference after the meeting that the fact that he chose Ljubljana as his first foreign destination after the confirmation of the new Croatian government, in which he kept his portfolio, is a sign of Croatia’s attention to cooperation with this neighbouring country. He reminded that he also met with Logar on May 22, after which Slovenia opened small border crossings, which were closed before that, due to the epidemic. He announced the continuation of successful cooperation in all areas, especially coordination and cooperation related to measures to combat the epidemic.
Grlić Radman also pointed out the recent very successful meeting of Prime Ministers Andrej Plenković and Janez Janša in Otočec on the Krka, also on the topic of cooperation in overcoming the consequences of covid-19.
As a successful sign and confirmation of cooperation, he pointed out the positions of both prime ministers at the recent EU summit on the seven-year European budget and the Covid-19 Recovery Fund, where they fought together for the benefit of their citizens and countries.
Grlić Radman said that Croatia welcomes the priorities of the European “trio” consisting of Germany, Portugal and Slovenia, the countries that will preside over the EU in the next three cycles, and that the Western Balkans and EU enlargement will continue during the Slovenian presidency in the first half of next year, and will be among the EU’s priorities./ibna