Slovenia committed to implementation of arbitration ruling
Slovenia remains committed to the implementation of the arbitration ruling, said Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Šarec in response to the viewpoint of the Advocate General of the EU Court of Justice.
The border between the two countries has been established, and Slovenian policy is unanimous in its support. Slovenia will be resolute regarding the implementation of the ruling, and in his words there will be no question of bilateral discussions or “going back to square one”.
He noted that Slovenia has already sent four notes to Croatia on the establishment of a demarcation commission, but has yet to receive a response from Zagreb. He added that Slovenia will remain active in this area and is prepared to discuss the implementation of the arbitration ruling.
The EU Court of Justice is not bound to the opinion of the Advocate General, and that opinion is not binding on the court. It is merely one of the steps in the proceedings being held before the court. The proceedings before the EU Court of Justice do not alter the fact that the arbitration ruling on the demarcation of the land and maritime border between Slovenia and Croatia is in effect and binding on both countries. As a country that respects the rule of law and the rulings of international courts, Slovenia has adopted legislation introducing measures for the implementation of the arbitration ruling. Croatia has yet to carry out its duty.