20:24 / 09.06.2021.

Author: HRT

Croatia and Slovenia discuss travel during the pandemic

Croatian border police

Croatian border police

Foto: Josip Regovic / PIXSELL

The Slovenian and Croatian interior ministers, Aleš Hojs and Davor Božinović, met in the Slovenian resort town of Portorož on Wednesday for the talks on Slovenia's presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2021, as well as current topics including cross-border travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two ministers met on the fringes of a Brdo-Brijuni Initiative meeting to discuss how to facilitate travelling and the introduction of the Digital Green Certificate.

Croatia has already started issuing those certificates which facilitate crossing the border and they are being implemented because the same program has already been launched in several EU countries.

Božinovićinformed Hojs that more than 100,000 digital certificate had been issued to Croatian citizens since the start of June and that Croatia is ready to recognise such certificates from all EU countries.

An estimated 8,000-10,0000 people have entered Croatia with digital certificates so far, mostly from Poland, the Czech Republic, Denmark, and Germany, the Croatian minister added.

The pair spoke about Slovenia’s presidency of the Council of the EU, particularly with reference to the pact on migration and asylum as well as the new Schengen acquis which will be on the agenda again at the next informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in mid-June.

In reference to the problem of illegal migrants, Slovenia strongly advocates Croatia's admission to the Schengen area because available data clearly indicates that Croatia has stopped the migrant flow along the Balkan route, particularly at the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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