Croatia hasn't received Slovenia's LB lawsuit

The Office of Croatia's Representative at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg stated on Friday that it had not received the application which Slovenia reportedly lodged against Croatia with the Court for breaching the right of the now defunct Ljubljanska Banka (LB) in Zagreb to collect its claims from Croatian companies.

If and when it receives Slovenia's application, the Court will first assess its admissibility and if the application is admissible, the Court will decide whether it is well-grounded. Croatia will have an opportunity to respond to the allegations from Slovenia only after the Court forwards the lawsuit, according to the explanation provided by the Office of Croatia's Representative at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

On Thursday, Slovenian Justice Minister Goran Klemencic said his country had sued Croatia at the court in Strasbourg for breaching the right of the former LB in Zagreb to collect its claims from Croatian companies.

Slovenia claims "at least EUR 360 million in damages" from Croatia, Klemencic said at a news conference.

Last year Prime Minister Miro Cerar announced that Slovenia could sue Croatia after the Slovenian parliament, acting in line with a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, decided that Slovenia should pay Ljubljanska Banka's clients in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina the foreign currency savings deposits they held at Ljubljanska Banka at the time of the former Yugoslavia. After it gained independence in 1991, Slovenia decided that that issue should be dealt with as part of the process of succession to the former federal state.

Slovenian pundits have said that the purpose of the lawsuit is to get compensation of 360 million euros and they also speculate that it may have been filed in an attempt to reach settlement with assistance of the court in Strasbourg.

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Slovenia sues Croatia over Ljubljanska Banka's claims from Croatian companies

Slovenia has filed a lawsuit against Croatia at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg for breaching the right of the now defunct Ljubljanska Banka in Zagreb to collect its claims from Croatian companies, Slovenian Justice Minister Goran Klemencic said on Thursday.

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