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Delo - Slovenia | 30/05/2007

A political motorway between Slovenia and Croatia

Since it achieved independence, Slovenia has been trying to gain direct access to the sea, which however can only be through Croatian territory. The opening of a 19-kilometre-long motorway between Zagreb and the Slovenian city of Maribor prompts Franc Milosic, Rok Kayzer and Ales Stergar to reflect on the old plan. "Croatia yesterday opened its third motorway which leads across the Slovenian border, but drivers are in for a shock when they see what awaits them on the other side: a two-laned country road... It's still not possible for transit traffic to drive all the way through Slovenia on motorways." The commentators see this as the result of a political decision made by the Slovenian Ministry of Transport, which focuses on connecting Slovenian cities while ignoring cross-border routes. They point out that this prioritisation could ultimately work to the advantage of Croatia if the latter chooses to demonstrate its gratitude. "The principle is simple: access to the sea in exchange for access to motorways. Then EU membership is just round the corner."

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