Croatian Agriculture Minister Davor Romic met with his Slovenian counterpart Dejan Zidan in Maribor on Tuesday to discuss problems faced by the agricultural sector in the two countries, especially milk producers.
"The situation in Croatia is similar to that in Slovenia, and the most vulnerable is milk production, which is under pressure from increasing production in the European Union," Romic said at a joint press conference.
Zidan said that they had discussed measures the two countries had taken to address problems faced by milk producers, adding that problems were similar in both countries.
Also discussed were disputed issues concerning EU-protected designations of geographical origin for some agricultural products.
Croatia has requested and been granted permission from Brussels to continue producing the Kranjska Kobasica sausage, while Slovenia still refuses the possibility of Croatian Teran wine from Istria being sold on the EU market, even though before Croatia joined the EU Slovenia had secured protected geographical indication status for its Teran wine from Kras.
Slovenia has also objected to Croatia's application for a protected designation of geographical origin for the Varazdinsko Zelje cabbage in order to protect the branded seed of its own producers that grow this sort of cabbage, which is very popular in Slovenia.
Romic and Zidan said they believed that constructive solutions to the problems in agriculture, including protected designations of geographical origin, could be found to mutual satisfaction.
The two ministers also discussed cooperation in the coordination mechanism on forestry between Central and Eastern European countries and China, in which Slovenia has assumed the role of coordinator, and Zidan thanked Croatia for its support in that regard.
Also discussed were joint cross-border projects in agriculture and their impact on the environment and the tourist industry.