Slovenia, Croatia, the EU and Piran Bay

Many if not all countries have some disputes because unsolved problems about their border. Slovenia has such problems with Croatia.

As two former Yugoslav republics, Slovenia and Croatia, press on with a border dispute that has dragged on for over a decade, the international community is likely to step in to resolve the issue through arbitration.

In the latest developments, Slovenian lawmakers last week presented a map of the border between the two countries, asking Croatia to hand over a disputed bay and grant access to the open seas. If those demands are not met, some Slovenian politicians warn that they could hold a referendum against Croatia’s entry into the EU.

Read more here…


4 thoughts on “Slovenia, Croatia, the EU and Piran Bay

  1. Estonia has no valid border agreement with Russia… I don’t see the relevance to labour market here…

  2. The point here is that we have to write main problems in your region or some problem in the EU regarding territorial disparities. We have big problems with Croatia not just with the border, but also with working in companies, bars which are near border…Because the Slovenian people, who are working near that border are all the time victims of Croatian bothering.
    So in my opinion that is a big factor for Slovenian labour market because we can’t develop our business normally across the border…

  3. I agree with you Marta.
    After we were separated from Czech Republic, Slovakia had many problems in the beginnings with the labor force. As for example some Czechs did not want to work in the Slovak companies, cause they thought they are something more.
    I think the establishment of the borders is a significant part of the national politics. And the politics covers also the labor market. So I think Kajali u cannot see the coherence in here.

  4. Just for clarification – from the original post I did not really see how this dispute over an area of water could affect the working conditions of the people living in border areas.
    It can be read from the article that this dispute concerns the most fishermen on both sides. And from Slovenia’s point of view access to international waters which is a concern for the shipping industry there.
    As for Slovak case – remember we are talking about obstacles for workers created by the border disputes – if the Czechs did not want to fork for the Slovak companies, it was their choice. It would have been a problem when they did want to work in Slovakia but couldn’t because the politicians couldn’t agree on the border demarcation.
    And finally… Estonia and Latvia had a dispute over the fishing rights in the Gulf of Riga in the 1990s which also raised some territorial controversies.


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