President Pahor supports the strategy of the European Commission in principle, but expects any lack of clarity and the ambiguity of the position of the European Commission regarding observance of the Arbitration Tribunal’s decision to be eliminated.

Ljubljana, 7. 2. 2018 | press release

President Pahor supports the strategy of the European Commission in principle, but expects any lack of clarity and the ambiguity of the position of the European Commission regarding observance of the Arbitration Tribunal’s decision to be eliminated.

Today, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, invited Dr Zoran Stančič, the representative of the European Commission in Slovenia, for a discussion.

In principle, President Pahor welcomed the strategy of the European Commission introduced yesterday concerning expansion to the Western Balkans, which will require that candidate countries resolve border disputes before joining the EU.

This was also Slovenia's position regarding Croatia's accession. For this reason, Slovenia and Croatia agreed at the time, with the help of the European Union and by way of the Special Agreement, on how they would determine their border on land and maritime borders.

President Pahor asked the representative of the European Commission, Dr Zoran Stančič, to express to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, Slovenia’s expectation that the European Commission will continue to deem that the border has been determined by way of a judgment by the Arbitration Tribunal. This is how Slovenia understands Juncker’s call yesterday to both countries, stating “that they were both responsible for this problem” and that they must resolve it; i.e. the problem of implementation, not the problem of determining the border.

The representative of the European Commission, Dr Stančič assured President Pahor that the opinion of the European Commission remains unchanged, i.e. that the border has been determined; however, the issue of its implementation remains.
President Pahor sees this position as very important, as it eliminates any disagreements regarding the Commission's views of its attitude to the nature of the dispute between Slovenia and Croatia. For this very reason, he expressed his opinion to the representative of the European Commission, Dr Stančič, that the Commission must, with regard to the strategy of the expansion to the Western Balkans, define in greater detail how it understands the resolution of border disputes between candidate states.

Predsednik republike Borut Pahor je danes povabil na pogovor predstavnika Evropske komisije v Sloveniji dr. Zorana Stančiča
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