Plenkovic: All Tools Will Be Used To Reduce Crowds At Borders

By , 21 Apr 2017, 10:28 AM Travel
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Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic hopes for a speedy resolution to Croatia's problematic border situation.

Opening yesterday's session of the government, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic took another look at the current problems facing Croatia's border crossings, an unexpected and unappealing situation involving enormous delays and crowds following the quick implementation of new regulations earlier this month. Assessing that systematic controls for Croatia, a nation which relies almost entirely on the tourism industry, were unsatisfactory. He commented that Croatia has since launched a broad diplomatic activity on this issue with the aim of coming to a resolution.

"We will use all the possible legal, institutional and political tools we have available through dialogue within the European Council to solve this problem because it can not be acceptable to us as a tourist country" stated Plenkovic, before adding that Croatia would continue with the engagement approach to meet Schengen criteria.

It is worth remembering that Croatia shares land borders with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Montenegro and Hungary. Traffic from throughout Europe entering the country through these borders, particularly via Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina during the summer months is typically heavy even without such targeted controls. Those travelling by car down to Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik riviera (which is at risk of becoming one of the biggest victims of this undesirable issue if it is not resolved with haste) have to cross the border into and back out of Bosnia and Herzegovina at Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina's only piece of coastline.

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  • Occasional traffic jams are possible on the following sections: - on the roads towards the coast - on the A1 motorway, between Karlovac and Bosiljevo, and between the junction Gospić, and the tunnel Sveti Rok, towards the coast - at the border crossing Kaštel and Plovanija, the queue towards Slovenia is approximately 4 km long There is a traffic ban on freight vehicles heavier than 7,5 t on most Croatian state roads leading to the coast and in Istria, except on the DC1 Karlovac-Knin-Sinj: -on Saturday, 24 June, 4am-11pm -on Sunday, 25 June, noon-11pm. One lane is free only on the following sections of the motorways: -A2 Zagreb-Macelj between Sveti Križ Začretje and Krapina junctions 38th-41st km in both directions; -A4 Zagreb-Goričan - traffic is suspended in the entrance lane of Kraljevečki Novaki from direction Sesvete and Dugo Selo towards Ivanja Reka junction, there is a local detour; in the roadwork area traffic is flowing in reduced lanes. Sections of the roads closed due to roadworks: -on the DC1 state road in Lučko (Zagreb); -on the DC8 Adriatic road at Posedarje; -on the DC6 state road, section Glina-Dvor border crossing; -on the DC502 Smičić-Pridraga state road. Traffic is regulated by traffic signals/one road lane is free only:-on the DC1 state road in Knin until 14 July; -on the DC1 state road at Mostanje and on the section Sučević-Otrić. -on the DC8 Adriatic road on the section Zaton Doli-Bistrina; -on the DC66 Pula-Most Raša state road.
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