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Photograph: HINA/ Lana SLIVAR DOMINIĆ/ lsd

Relations between Croatia and Slovenia are intensive in various areas, particularly in the economy and culture, and outstanding issues need to be resolved systematically at all levels, the speakers of the Croatian and Slovenian parliaments said in Luxembourg on Monday.

The meeting between Croatian Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner and Slovenia's Milan Brglez occurred on the margins of a conference of EU parliamentary speakers. Reiner asked for the recognition of the Croat minority in Slovenia and their rights and fundamental freedoms, a press release from the Croatian parliament said.

Parliamentary speakers attending the IPEX conference welcomed the European migration programme and all its measures and objectives to resolve the refugee crisis.

In his address, Reiner called for strengthening solidarity and responsibility within the European Union and recalled that a meeting of parliamentary speakers of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative in Croatia in April discussed the contribution of national parliaments to finding a joint, concrete, sustainable and a solution of solidarity to this European and global challenge.

Reiner underscored that a declaration adopted then outlined today's discussion, saying the conclusion is that not one country can face this problem alone and that the only way to overcome it is through joint agreement to the greatest degree possible between EU member states.

The conference of EU parliament speakers or IPEX is the InterParliamentary EU information eXchange, is a platform for the mutual exchange of information between the national parliaments and the European Parliament concerning issues related to the EU.

The theme of this year's conference is management of migration flows, strengthening of the EU, role of national parliaments and interparliamentary cooperation, ensuring the security of citizens while respecting fundamental freedoms.

On the margins of the conference, Reiner also held a bilateral meeting with French National Assembly President Claude Bartolone. During the talks, the two confirmed good bilateral relations, particularly in the fields of tourism, economy, culture, energy and environment protection.

Bartolone said that many French businessmen were interested in investing in the infrastructure, environment protection, energy, tourism, rail transport, public services and food manufacturing, with special interest in participating in EU projects in Croatia.

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