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Slovenia is prepared for the arrival of refugees

At today's session, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia discussed the assessment of current migration trends and the report on the implemented activities aimed at preparing the country to accept a greater number of persons. Government representatives later met representatives of humanitarian organisations and other NGOs. According to Miro Cerar, Slovenia is prepared for the arrival of a possible bigger number of refugees. Here, the government will follow the humanitarian principle, as “these are people in distress who need help”. The government will also support the principle of solidarity and will share the burden of accepting refugees as a member of the European Union. When resolving the issue, the government will also consider the country’s integration capacities and security element, while ensuring that things run smoothly, said Cerar.


According to Cerar, Slovenia opposes building walls in Europe. He is aware, however, that this situation is a great challenge for Slovenia, and all its neighbouring and other countries. It is important for Slovenes to show solidarity and openness to people who come to Europe because they are in distress. 


The pressure of migrants on the outer borders of the EU is increasing daily. The Western Balkans is coming to the front as the main access point to EU member states. According to data provided by Slovenian police, while the number of illegal crossings of the border is low, the police are consistently implementing measures to stem the number of unauthorised crossings. Because the situation or the migration current may change, Slovenia began to prepare intensively on the possible arrival of a greater number of refugees and produced a contingency plan that the government adopted in July. 


All capacities and logistics are provided for the first two phases of the contingency plan. For the third phase, which cannot be evaluated numerically, as we do not know how many refugees we will actually accept, we have provided additional capacities that may be gradually expanded to meet the actual needs. Therefore, a decision was adopted at today’s session to authorise the interior ministry to determine additional locations appropriate for immediate accommodation and basic provision of refugees in seven days based on the detailed data provided by the public administration ministry and other departments. Immediately after preparing the final list of locations, we will connect with the local communities and will prepare the activities and plans in greater details. 


Preparations for the possible arrival of a greater number of migrants are ongoing and taking place in close collaboration with different ministries and institutions. Meetings between the defence, education, and work and family ministries, as well as with the civil protection and disaster relief agency, are held on a daily basis because only a joint coordinated approach can ensure effective response to the challenges brought by the possible arrival of a greater number of migrants. 


It is important to cooperate with NGOs, which have wide experience in the field and a well-established system of managing such situations. 



Draft amendments to the Tax Procedure Act

At today’s session, the Government approved the text of the draft amendments to the Tax Procedure Act. The draft act presents the first significant step in preparing measures to improve the business environment and administrative regulations. 


The main goal of the draft act is to simplify tax collection procedures and reduce the administrative burden for eligible persons, as well as to ensure greater transparency in tax procedures. This will also help to improve the competitiveness of the Slovenian economy. The draft includes a simple and transparent tax collection method. 


The draft act also introduces additional possibilities for paying tax in instalments, which makes it easier for taxable persons to pay off tax debts. 


Report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on supervisions performed at diplomatic representations and consulates of the Republic of Slovenia in the period 2009-2015 

The government also discussed the report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on supervisions performed at diplomatic representations and consulates of the Republic of Slovenia in the 2009–2015 period in connection with the procedure to appoint a new head of Slovenia’s diplomatic representations and consulates and found that there were no reservations on continuing the appointment procedures. The government will also inform the Office of the President of Slovenia about the report. 


Decree on Provisional Emergency Measures on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Market

 The government issued the Decree on Provisional Emergency Measures on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Market, which defines a set of measures, eligible persons, conditions and procedures to obtain assistance with regard to further extraordinary provisional measures on the fresh fruit and vegetable market based on the Commission’s amendments to the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1031/2014 laying down further temporary exceptional support measures for producers of certain fruit and vegetables. 


The measures are intended to stabilise the fresh fruit and vegetable market and stabilise prices. It defines further provisional measures to prevent and manage the crisis as a response to the extension of the Russian embargo by August 2016. The total amount of produce to which Slovenia is entitled is 3,000 tonnes of fresh fruit or vegetable, which Slovenia will fully use for free distribution, withdrawing it from the market. The EU funds to pay for the measure total 1,190,000 euros.

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