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Slovenia Demands EU Compensations for Fishermen

As part of Croatia’s EU talks on the fisheries chapter, Slovenia is expecting to get EUR 2m from the EU as compensation because its fishermen are unable to fish in Croatian waters.

Slovenian fishermen would get the sum in the period until Croatia joins the EU, a diplomat in Brussels told the STA on Friday on condition of anonymity.

The European Commission is now checking whether the request is legally viable, which should be known soon, the same source said.

Meanwhile, a Croatian daily says on Monday, quoting European diplomats, that Slovenia has made the closure of the chapter conditional on a written guarantee to get the sum from the European Fisheries Fund.

The STA source meanwhile said that Slovenia’s stance had been backed by both Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele and Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki.

If the European Commission goes along with the Slovenian request, Croatia will close the chapter at the start of June at the latest, says the daily Vecernji list.

The request seems to show that Slovenia has given up its demand for its fishermen to fish down to the town of Vrsar along the western coast of the Istrian peninsula, as set down by the Slovenia-Croatian Border Transport and Cooperation Agreement (SOPS), adds the daily.

Source:  www.sta.si