Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/croatia : Compromise Looming on Zerp Dispute

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/croatia : Compromise Looming on Zerp Dispute

Article excerpt

In a bid to break the prolonged stalemate over the Ecological and Fisheries Protection Zone (ZERP), Croatia, Slovenia and Italy, accompanied by the European Commission, are expected to hold a high-level meeting at the beginning of March to discuss concrete proposals.

Following months of strained relations between Ljubljana and Zagreb over the zone, which had disrupted Croatia's accession talks), both countries seem to be ready now to sit around one table and work on a compromise settlement. Croatia's Prime Minister Ivo Sanader confirmed, on 27 February, that the Slovenian government had agreed to participate in a quadrilateral meeting, despite the fact that the zone has not yet been suspended - a move seen as a gesture of goodwill on the part of Slovenia. Over recent weeks, Ljubljana had insisted that the zone is deactivated before talks can start. Now, Slovenia wants Croatia to put a concrete proposal on the table. In absence of that, Ljubljana will not participate. "Slovenia agreed long ago to hold a quadrilateral meeting to resolve the issue of the Croatian ZERP as soon as Croatia proposes a concrete solution, "Croatia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement, on 27 February.

Zagreb is currently working on a proposal to be tabled to Slovenia, Italy and the European Commission. The latter is expected to act as a facilitator of the negotiations. One scenario foresees the gradual implementation of the ZERP. Zagreb is seriously considering postponing the implementation of the ZERP's most controversial part, which sets new rules on fishery activities in the Adriatic. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.