Croatia and Slovenia took a step toward solving a 270 million-euro ($365 million) dispute dating back to the split-up of Yugoslav bank assets, easing the risk Croatia’s European Union entry will be blocked by its neighbor.
Croatia’s new government will seek to delay a referendum on European Union entry because of time constraints following Dec. 4 elections, said Vesna Pusic, who is slated to be the next foreign minister.
Slovenia and Croatia made progress toward resolving a dispute over Nova Ljubljanska Banka d.d., easing concern that Slovenia would fail to approve its former Yugoslav partner’s entry into the European Union.
Croatia moved closer to completing talks with the European Union in June after opposition and governing parties united to agree on structural changes needed to become the bloc’s 28th member, said Vesna Pusic , head of the parliamentary committee overseeing the talks.
Slovenia and Croatia may need more meetings to find a solution to a decades-old bank dispute after foreign ministers from both nations hold talks today, Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec said in an interview on TV Slovenija.