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Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Monday announced that he would speak with his Slovenian counterpart Miro Cerar about the removal of the razor-wire fence on the border between the two countries.

"I will speak to the Prime Minister (Cerar) today. You know my attitude that I stated at our first meeting in Ljubljana when Croatia supported Cerar's initiative for joint Austrian, Slovenian, Croatian and Serbian police forces to be deployed to the Macedonian-Greek border. Today we can see the results because the Balkan route in principle doesn't exist," Oreskovic told reporters after visiting the Rimac Automobili company in Sveta Nedelja, 20 km west of Zagreb.

He added that he is "convinced that following the agreement with Turkey, now we can begin resolving the issue of wire fence on the Croatian-Slovenian border."

"It's time for changes. From our point of view, I can say that relations between Slovenia and Croatia are excellent and we have shown that we can work together on resolving common problems," he said.

Asked in reference to the launching of negotiations with public sector unions, whether unions might file court complaints in an effort to realise their demands for a pay increase, Oreskovic said that at his first meeting with unions he said that it was clear that the situation was difficult and that the government and unions were partners that need to find a solution together.

"This year is difficult, we have negotiations and we will find a solution together. It is like being in a marriage. It's not always fifty-fifty, instead it is necessary to understand that now we need to tighten up but our aim is to increase salaries and the standard of living for all citizens," he said.

Oreskovic added that the did not expect any problems with regard to the budget being adopted in parliament.

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