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Listening to people

14.04.2017

Photo: Rasto Božič/STA
Slovenia is a member of the Schengen area and has always performed the task of protecting the border with the utmost diligence. The provisions of the Regulation introducing systematic checks at external Schengen borders entered into force on 7 April. This means that travellers are subjected to systematic checks of their identity and citizenship, and of the authenticity and validity of their travel documents, in multiple databases.

In practice this means long queues at the external Schengen border, like those we witnessed last weekend. The European Directive requiring systematic checks of all passengers, irrespective of where they come from and where they are going, remains in force. To put it another way: the scenes we saw last weekend are likely to be repeated.

Central countries of the EU such as France, Germany and Belgium are not facing problems at their borders, but for this reason memories of the terrorist attacks they have suffered are all the more vivid. Let us not forget that the measure entered into force on the same day that Stockholm was hit by a terrorist attack. It was, of course, introduced precisely because of the threat of terrorism. This is also why the abandoning of checks is not to be expected.

But systematic checks have affected Slovenia all the more, and while we are not going to abandon these checks, we have adopted measures to reduce waiting times. We will, however, carry out systematic checks of passengers when conditions permit. Above all, Slovenia will show understanding and a willingness to listen, so that the situation is as painless as possible, both for people living by the border and for travellers.


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