Croatia and Slovenia are expected to launch their border arbitration proceedings shortly, after Brussels announced it would propose a list of judges by the end of the month.
At a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic and her Slovenian counterpart, Samuel Zbogar, met with EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele to discuss the start of the border arbitration proceedings.
The European Commission will propose a list of international law experts by the end of January, from which Zagreb and Ljubljana should choose three to sit on the arbitration panel. The two countries have already chosen two judges themselves.
The two foreign ministers emphasised in Brussels their mutual interest in finding agreement on the judges.
The announcement by the EU brings Croatia and Slovenia one step closer to solving their nearly two-decade long dispute over the sea border between the two countries.