“Commenting on the ambiguous Slovenia-Croatia border issue stance PM Miro Cerar stressed that the bilateral framework no longer applied in the case of the dispute and that Slovenia would secure the implementation of the arbitration decision with legal means if necessary.
Cerar, who hosted Luxembourg counterpart Xavier Bettel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders for a Slovenia-Benelux summit in Ljubljana, said the ‘arbitration decision is final and binding on both countries.’
‘It is an international legal obligation for Slovenia and Croatia to implement it,’ he added, stressing the decision is also incorporated in EU law, meaning Croatia is violating EU law by refusing to implement it.
‘If the Croatian position does not change fast, Slovenia will be forced to resort to legal means,’ said Cerar, whose view was also backed by his three guests.
Cerar was responding to statements made earlier in the day in the European Parliament, including by Juncker, who said ‘this is a bilateral issue but also an EU issue that needs to be resolved urgently.’
Juncker moreover reiterated his assurance that there would be no more EU accessions by any Western Balkan country without a prior resolution of all potential border issues for the candidate country.” (Slovenia Times)