FM: Solution is Being Sought to Facilitate Position of Croat and Slovenian Fishermen

By 4 April 2022

4 April 2022 - Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman said on Monday that he could not confirm that a joint fishing zone had been agreed by Croatia and Slovenia but that he could confirm that they found "agreement on enhancing cooperation with a positive outcome".

After a trilateral meeting which he held with his counterparts, Anže Logar of Slovenia and Luigi Di Maio of Italy, in Zaprešić, west of Zagreb, Grlić Radman said that Croatia and Slovenia were trying to find "a model that will include everybody, both Slovenian and Croatian fishermen."

"I think we are on the right course."

Both Grlić Radman and Slovenia's minister Logar agree that it is necessary to find a solution that will make it easier for local fishermen to do business in Savudrijska Vala Bay that is in Piran Bay.

Last Monday, Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and his Slovenian counterpart Janez Janša discussed this topic and after their meeting in Zagreb, Plenković announced a transitional solution.

According to the Slovenian media reports, Slovenian fishermen and Opposition politicians seemed to be against a transitional solution that will include the establishment of a joint fisheries zone in the bay.

The two PMs also agreed that the solution should include the annulment of fines imposed on local fishermen when they trespassed the borderline which is not yet defined.