The prime ministers of the two countries, Andrej Plenković and Janez Janša, met on Friday in a small town in Slovenia near the Croatian border to discuss a number of issues, the most pressing of which was preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
Neighboring Slovenia only had 17 new coronavirus cases on Friday, compared to Croatia's 116. The Slovenian government wants to two countries to coordinate their prevention standards, especially when it comes to tourism. The meeting was a opportunity to exchange information on the issue, said Slovenia's Prime Minister Janša.
“Our two countries have similar experiences and information about the types of situations and environments that are the most dangerous when it comes to the spread of the coronavirus, and the good news is that tourism did not fall into that category,” Janša said.
Prime Minister Plenković underscored that Slovenian visitors were important for Croatia's tourism industry.
"We welcome around 1.6 million Slovenian tourists per season and a many Slovenian nationals have properties in Croatia, so it is in our interest for them to come here and that their stay here is safe," he said.
Plenković confirmed that they had decided that cooperation between Croatian and Slovenian epidemiologists in the future would be more coordinated.
Croatia will remain on Slovenia’s list of lower risk countries for the coronavirus, for now. Asked about whether it may be moved to the high-risk “red” list, Prime Minister Plenković said that was up to Slovenia and its criteria and the mathematical modelling it uses to determine risk.
"It is up to us to slow the spread and lower the number of cases,“ said Plenković. He declined to discuss stepping up restrictions at the borders with Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, an issue he said he would address with the national coronavirus response task froce after returning to Zagreb.
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