The political leaders of the EU member states and the Western Balkans region met on Wednesday at the 16th Bled Strategic Forum in the Slovenian town of Lake Bled.
At the beginning of the Forum, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said that Croatia and Slovenia have improved their relations during the term of incumbent Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša.
“I think that during the term of Prime Minister Janez Janša we have established an excellent dialogue, communication and excellent cooperation. “Economic relations, tourism, unresolved issues – they are all being treated to the satisfaction of both countries,” Plenković said.
He added that unresolved issues between the two countries, such as the border dispute, should be addressed in ways that will not harm their mutual relations, and that this was possible during the term of the current government.
Plenković is taking part in a panel on the future of Europe, the theme of this year’s forum, which Slovenian Foreign Minister Anže Logar described as “the strongest so far”, the HINA news agency said in a report by Bled.
On the sidelines of the meeting, the Croatian Prime Minister will meet with Prime Minister Janša, European Council President Charles Michel and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Earlier in the day, Plenkovic spoke with Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti. He is also expected to meet with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, but not bilaterally.
The Croatian prime minister would also meet with Montenegrin Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapić, but the Montenegrin delegation canceled his arrival.
The forum is also attended by the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, the Commissioner for Enlargement Oliver Várhelyi, the Deputy Chair of the Commission Dubravka Šuica, the Prime Ministers of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Greece, Northern Macedonia, Poland and Albania, the High Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina Schmidt and two members of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tripartite presidency, Šefik Dhaferović and Željko Komšić.
Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman will join the two-day forum on Thursday when he speaks at a panel on co-operation in the Adriatic Sea.