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The initiative of Prime Minister Miro Cerar to manage the influx of migrants

Slovenian initiative is yielding the first results

 

22.2.2016

 

»Since the beginning of the migration crisis, Slovenia has been active, and this activity has yielded results – our initiative to stop irregular migration has been heard, accepted and supported by a large majority of leaders of European countries. It is also the only initiative to resolve the migration crisis that has begun to be implemented.« 




Proposal for a joint European solution

On 18 January 2016, Prime Minister sent a letter to the leaders of the European Union and the countries along the Balkan migration route which included  a proposal to stop the irregular migration flow (15 KB) along the route.

 

Prime Minister Cerar proposes introducing additional control of the influx of migrants on border between Macedonia and Greece with the assistance of other European countries. Other countries would provide maximum assistance to control the border to Macedonia by deploying police offiers, providing equipment and in other appropriate ways.

 

Stopping the influx of migrants on the border between Greece and Macedonia would have two vital effects:

  1. the borders within the Schengen area could remain open (Sweden, Denmark, Austria and Germany), which means that Schengen would no longer be in danger 
  2. there would be no more need to tighten control of the borders in the sensitive region of the Western Balkans, particularly between Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, which would prevent possible friction and conflicts between the countries of the Western Balkans and Central Europe.

It should be stressed that the second line of control of refugees and migrants does not mean that we reject the existing decision to support Greece. On the contrary, according to Cerar, in addition to the prompt implementation of the agreement between the European Union and Turkey, it is crucial to ensure coastal patrols of Greece and implement all the remaining measures to effectively stop migration at Greece's borders.

  


 

"It is imperative that we continue to seek a common, solidarity-based approach to managing migration flows and remain focused on providing assistance in the countries of origin in order to eliminate the causes of conflicts."  Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, dr. Miro Cerar.
  




Positive response

The proposal of Prime Minister Cerar was positively received by the Dutch Presidency of the EU, which called a special ministerial meeting on the issue of migration on the Western-Balkan route on the sidelines of the informal meeting of EU home affairs and justice ministers on Monday, 25 January. 

 

"Since it is high time we took more effective action in relation to the so-called Balkan and Central European migration route, the positive response of several states to my initiative to stem irregular migration flows fills me with hope We are optimistic and are hoping for a wide response from European states and a concrete, realistic proposal which could significantly relieve the burden on the Western Balkans and the rest of Europe within a few days." Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, dr. Miro Cerar.

 

His proposal has already received support from the crucial countries of the Western Balkans (Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia) and the Visegrad Four (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia), while positive signals have come from Brussels and some other EU member states.


Prime Minister Cerar and President of the European Council Tusk to urge effective implementation of the Schengen regime and assistance to Greece
Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar and the President of the European Council Donald Tusk.

Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

1.3.2016 - At their meeting at Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar and the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, urged effective implementation of the Schengen regime and assistance to Greece in protecting the external Schengen borders. At the same time, they urged a European solution to the refugee and migration crisis. Until there is an effective implemented policy, we will apply solutions that head in that direction, said the Slovenian Prime Minister.

  

Slovenian initiative to limit irregular migration on the border between Macedonia and Greece complements the European resolution of the crisis

Photo: European Commission

17.2.2016 - The Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr Miro Cerar, attended a working summit of Slovenia, Croatia, Serbian, Macedonia and the EU, which was organised on Slovenia’s initiative by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and the President of the European Commission. The leaders agreed that a European solution was needed, as well as further coordination between individual countries along the route. In this respect, Cerar clearly highlighted that Slovenia's proposal to strengthen control on the border between Macedonia and Greece complemented other European solutions and is the most realistic.


Croatian Prime Minister Orešković supports the initiative of Prime Minister Miro Cerar
Croatian Prime Minister Orešković and Slovenian Prime Minister Cerar taking a walk at Brdo pri Kranju

Photo: STA

29.1.2016 - The prime ministers agreed on close cooperation on implementing the initiative at both the operational level and in the light of the coming February meeting of the European Council.

Support of the Dutch Presidency of the EU
Meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council, Amsterdam 26.1.2016

Photo: eu2016.nl

26.1.2016 - At Slovenia’s proposal, the Dutch Presidency of the EU called a special ministerial meeting on managing migration along the Western-Balkan route.

  

  

President of the European Commission Juncker supports the proposal
President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker and Prime Minister Miro Cerar

Photo: European Commission

25.1.2016 - In a letter to Slovenian Prime Minister Cerar, the President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, asserted his support for Cerar’s proposal to manage migration in the Balkans.

Visegrad Four support Dr Cerar’s proposal
The Prime Ministers of Slovakia, Robert Fico, and Slovenia, Miro Cerar, respectively

Photo: STA

The proposal has already received the support of key countries of the Western Balkans (Croatian, Serbia, Macedonia) and the Visegrad Four (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia).


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