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Arbitration between Croatia and Slovenia Continues

Wednesday, July, 13, 2016


The continuing dispute over the Croatia and Slovenia border continues, as the two countries attempt to settle the issue in arbitration. The Hague arbitration court ruled in favor of Slovenia in regard to whether it violated the parameters set forth at the beginning of the arbitration, but stated that a decision concerning the overall dispute would be forthcoming and that the proceedings would continue until a resolution was possible. 


The ruling determined that Slovenia did violate the rules of the original arbitration agreement, but that the violation was not serious enough to justify Croatia’s desire to terminate the arbitration hearing. The court told both countries about its decision. 


The border between the two countries has been an ongoing dispute for a quarter century. The issue is representative of the major political burden between the two countries. In 2015, Croatia decided it would no longer participate in the arbitration process, and stated it considered it compromised after there appeared to be contact between the arbitrator appointed by the Slovenian government and the official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ljubljana. 


The country’s parliament decided unanimously to leave the arbitration, citing the provisions in the Vienna convention on international grounds.  


The Permanent Court of Arbitration decided in March 2016 to free the arbitration until the situation could be assessed and a ruling could be made over whether Croatia acted inappropriately. The most recent decision showed the arbitration proceedings had not been violated to the point that they couldn’t continue and stated that the judgment of the arbitration panel should not be in question.