Slovenian parliament approves arbitration agreement with Croatia
(23 April 2010)
On 19 April 2010 Slovenia's parliament approved the move to send their land and maritime boundary dispute with Croatia to an ad hoc arbitral tribunal. Although opposition parties boycotted the vote, all representatives from the governing coalition voted for the bill and achieved a majority. After gaining endorsement from Slovenia's Constitutional Court in late March, parliamentary approval was the next step towards full ratification of the arbitration agreement. It will now go to a popular referendum in Slovenia which is likely to be held in early June. Polls indicate that around half of the Slovenian population would approve the agreement while some 30-40% would object.This will be the final step in the approval process as Croatia has already ratified the agreement in November 2009. If the agreement is not approved in the referendum, it will go back to the government to be revised with Croatia.
Sources: 'Slovenia approves border deal, but referendum to come' Reuters News, 19 April 2010; 'Slovenian parliament backs border deal with Croatia' Agence France Presse, 19 April 2010