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Cerar: Schengen must be preserved

04.03.2016

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According to Boštjan Šefic, State Secretary at the interior ministry, the situation in Slovenia with regard to the crossing of migrants is normal, stable and no unusual events have occurred. Up to 800 migrants are arriving in Slovenia daily. Anyone wishing to enter is first thoroughly checked in accordance with the Schengen rules. Medical care is provided to all refugees and migrants.

That Slovenia was the best example that a comprehensive European plan for resolving the refugee crisis can really work and that returning to Schengen is a prerequisite for a European solution was also highlighted by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, who also visited Slovenia and met Prime Minister Miro Cerar on his tour of countries on the so-called Balkan migration route. Tusk and Cerar urged the effective implementation of the Schengen regime and assistance to Greece to protect the external Schengen borders and supported a common European solution to the refugee crisis.

Accompanied by the interior minister, Vesna Györkös Žnidar, Tusk visited the reception centre for refugees in Dobova, where he stressed that Slovenia’s approach to the refugee crisis was constructive and correct. Györkös Žnidarjeva stressed that Schengen remains a priority for Slovenia. Slovenia is intensively working on a European solution, while actively and successfully looking for regional solutions complementary to European ones.

The Dobova reception centre was also inspected by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite together with President Borut Pahor last week. The president also met members of the Lithuanian police who are assisting Slovenia in registering and providing care for migrants and refugees.


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