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Solidarity at stake



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Slovenia received almost fifty thousand refugees and migrants in a single week and there are no signs of any let-up in the situation. Slovenia is the smallest country on the European stretch of the migrant route, and has extremely limited capacities. "We are still controlling the situation, but we are at the limit of our capacities," according to the representatives of the interior ministry and the police.

This is one of the reasons Slovenia has been constantly warning that a partial solution to the migration crisis will benefit no-one, and that collaboration between countries and coordinated action at the EU level are vital. On a Slovenian initiative, an EU-Balkans summit has been convened for Sunday, 25 October, as unending masses of refugees and migrants additionally sour relations in the sensitive Balkans region.

On Thursday, PM Miro Cerar and the Minister of the Interior, Vesna Györkös Žnidar met Dimitris Avramopoulos, the European Commissioner responsible for migration, home affairs and citizenship, who commended Slovenia’s action and the way it is facing the European crisis. He said that Europe and the European Commission stand by Slovenia and agreed that no country can resolve such a crisis alone and that cooperation is vital. He also urged a common and coordinated response.

France Bučar, one of the founding fathers of independent Slovenia and its constitution, and one of the most respected personalities in the history of Slovenia died this week. He had a decisive influence on the development of our democracy, the Prime Minister Miro Cerar wrote in the letter of condolences to his family. “He was an intellectual and a politician, and above all a human with a capital H.” A man of high ethical and moral values.

Values influence our decisions and are the main cores determining the course of our actions, reflecting our cultural and spiritual development. Europe must agree on what is important for the community, for humanity. Our solidarity and future are at stake.

Slovenia received 47.510 refugees and migrants

A total of 47.510 refugees and migrants had entered Slovenia by 8 a.m. today, nearly half of them women and minors, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Almost 11,000 people were accepted by Austria till 8 pm today. PM Cerar told yesterday in an interview for the public broadcaster that Slovenia was the smallest country on the Balkan route and that almost 13,000 people entered it in a day, which is a situation that no other country had so far been faced with. "This is like half a million people entered Germany in a day," Cerar illustrated, adding that Slovenia was nevertheless on top of things. more...

Slovenia to accept assistance offered

Yesterday afternoon in Ljubljana, Prime Minister Miro Cerar received the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and apprised him of the current situation in Slovenia resulting from the increased inflow of refugees and migrants. He presented the measures adopted by the Slovenian government to him in greater detail and explained the difficult position we are in with regard to the Schengen border, which is not an external border for Slovenia. more...

Croatia putting at risk the lives of people by unannounced arrivals

»Croatia is sending migrants across the green border unannounced and in a disorganised manner, without compassion for fellow human beings. They deliberately send them towards the river, while trying to shift all the burden of responsibility onto Slovenia,« said Boštjan Šefic, State Secretary at the Ministry of the Interior, at today's press conference upon the publication of recordings taken from the Slovenian police helicopter . »Yesterday alone, more than 12 thousand refugees and migrants entered Slovenia in this manner, more than have entered Hungary in any single day,« he underlined. more...

MFA Statement on the occasion of United Nations Day, 24 October

24 October marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. The UN Charter took effect on this very day in 1945, defining the objectives and principles of the Organization. For Slovenia, activities within the UN are of great importance and have been strengthened through the years of its membership. In the future, Slovenia will devote special attention to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and global challenges, human rights, the rule of law and transitional justice, international peace and security, the fight against terrorism, and conflict prevention. It will also continue its activities in preventive diplomacy, particularly with regard to mediation and the R2P concept. more...

Slovenia’s business summit marked by demands for an industrial revival

This year, the Slovenian business summit, where business representatives meet the highest government and political representatives and officials to discuss different issues, was marked by demands for an industrial revival. The minister of economic development and technology, Zdravko Počivalšek, believes that collaboration is indispensable. The government has already taken and will continue to take measures and structural reforms to help create new jobs and improve economic competitiveness. more...

Success of Slovenia's pavilion at EXPO exceeds all expectations

Slovenia’s pavilion at EXPO in Milan, which was expecting its millionth visitor on 20 October, is on a par with the biggest pavilions, not only in terms of size, but also in terms of the investment involved. “More than by the numbers showing Slovenia's success at EXPO, I’m happy about the fact that Slovenia had a high-quality presentation that left no visitor of the pavilion untouched,” said the Minister of Economic Development and Technology, Zdravko Počivalšek. more...

Maks Fabiani an important link between Austria and Slovenia

An exhibition honouring Maks Fabiani, a major Slovenian architect, opened in the Architekturzentrum in Vienna on Wednesday. According to the Slovenian Minister of Culture, Julijana Bizjak Mlakar, Fabiani is an important link between Austrian and Slovenia. The minister said that “The 150th anniversary of the birth of the great architect is an opportunity to reconsider his valuable legacy, which adorns many cities, particularly Ljubljana and imperial Vienna.” more...

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