Janša and Plenković: Croatia's entry into euro area will boost economic cooperation

During their participation in the "Tourism 365" conference in Tuheljske Toplice on Friday, the Croatian and Slovenian prime ministers confirmed the very good bilateral relations and confidence that Croatia's admission to the euro area will improve economic cooperation between the two countries.

Croatia's Prime Minister Andrjel Plenković said that the "only normal" thing is for relations with Slovenia to be good and close. He assessed that in the past five years, prudent policies were pursued which respected the interests of both countries.

"We are trying to resolve outstanding issues, which will not lead to any disruptions in relations between business people and numerous Slovenian citizens coming to Croatia," said Plenković.

"Slovenians have houses here, holiday homes, boats. They love Croatia and spend time here. Our people love Slovenia. They go there on ski trips and outings. We need to nurture that. That is the sense behind intelligent politics," said Plenković.

He said that he is an optimist, with Slovenia's support, Croatia will join the Schengen and euro areas.

Slovenija is one of Croatia's most important trading partners and all the preconditions exist for cooperation to be better, he added.

"I think that we have to work on those relations with regard to culture. This conference is a brilliant example of that for a broader circle of people to realise that we are OK with each other because there was a time when relations between Croatia and Slovenia were hallucinatory, with military boats and the like," he said.

Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Janša believes that cooperation between the two countries are better than they were before.. Janša believes that Croatia's accession to the euro area will contribute to even better economic cooperation.

Numbers testify to well targeted epidemiological measures

Speaking about tourism, Plenković said that the numbers show that the epidemiological measures were targetted "very well." 

"We didn't have any large protests. What can't be done in Croatia today? The only thing missing is large gatherings and nightclubs. We have tried to balance everything. We tried to incorporate everything with the least damage possible," said Plenković and added that visitors arrived in Croatia with confidence and trust that everything was alright.

On the other hand, Slovenia had "hard" measures and Janša said that that was a different situation because when the coronavirus crisis erupted, his cabinet just started its term in office.

Text: Hina