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Working for the people and with the people

18.09.2015

Editorial

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September 18 marks the first anniversary of Miro Cerar’s government taking office. The new cabinet under Cerar has given new impetus to Slovenia. Several years of economic crisis have revealed a number of social problems which the new ministerial team has been forced to take on if it is to restore the country’s international reputation and economic strength. Balancing the budget, strengthening the welfare state and regaining people's trust in the country were the crucial priorities set by the new government when taking office: everything in order to ensure a better life for the citizens of Slovenia, as we "work for the people and with the people".

People are also in the forefront when it comes to refugees and migrants who need protection, solidarity, compassion and respect. After Hungary closed its border with Serbia, changes in refugee routes are more likely, also via Croatia and Slovenia. According to Miro Cerar, Slovenia is prepared for the possible arrival of a larger number of refugees and has coordinated all departments on the issue. In addition to representatives of the police and civil protection and relief organisation, NGOs (particularly humanitarian organisation) and municipalities are also intensively included in activities in the field.

For Slovenia, solidarity in the EU is essential, but a uniform European response is needed. At the European level, Slovenia is striving to devise a joint European solution in the spirit of solidarity, particularly stressing humanitarian principles, as these are people in distress who need our help.

While Slovenia will not close its borders, the PM said that in addition to the principles of humanitarianism and solidarity the security of Slovenian citizens must be ensured. The interior minister, Vesna Györkös Žnidar, said that the introduction of temporary border controls between Slovenia and Croatia is an inevitable and vital measure. Slovenia remains a country based on solidarity, so this will not affect refugees’ rights. She believes that the measure is necessary to ensure that the people who come to Slovenia are treated respectfully, and that the work of police officers, who are the first to come into contact with the refugees, is made easier, as they must do everything to prevent threats to public or internal security.

The measure of enforcing temporary control on the border between Slovenia and Hungary will only apply until the European Union adopts a joint solution, and forms clear viewpoints and criteria. Until then, Slovenia will perform its duties on the Schengen border and enable controlled crossing. According to the Schengen agreement, Slovenia is obliged to protect the Schengen border, and commitments which it has respected so far will be respected in the future.

According to the PM, Slovenia is in continuous contact with all the countries involved and the European Commission, as it wants the issue to be resolved together. On Thursday, Cerar met the Austrian Chancellor, Werner Faymann, to urge a prompt solution at the EU level. After talking to Cerar, Faymann said, "We are being tested. It is time to prove that we do not want a Europe where everyone tries to shift their problem onto someone else’s shoulders".

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