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In Brussels on effective application of the principles of solidarity

State Secretary Boštjan Šefic attended the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting held in Brussels on 18 May 2017.

At today's meeting, the ministers discussed informally the effective application of the principles of solidarity at EU level. This principle envisages measures and activities to be undertaken in the event of increased migration pressure. State Secretary Šefic pointed out that this principle was supported by Slovenia but would benefit by further elaboration. The topic will be revisited at the June Council meeting.


The Council also adopted conclusions on setting the EU's priorities for the fight against serious and organised crime during the 2018-2021 policy cycle. The policy cycle methodology ensures effective cooperation between the law enforcement authorities, institutions and agencies of the EU and coordinated operation in targeting the most pressing criminal threats faced by the EU.


On the margins of the meeting, a trilateral meeting was held between State Secretary Boštjan Šefic, his Croatian colleague Robert Kopal and the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship regarding systematic checks at the external Schengen border. On 8 and 9 May 2017, the Commission carried out a technical mission to the Slovenian-Croatian border in order to examine the situation on the ground and provide operational guidelines for the implementation of the regulation. Although the operational guidelines provide solutions regarding the disproportionate waiting times at the external Schengen border, this does not mean that there will be no tailbacks at the border crossing points in the future, State Secretary Šefic emphasised in the press release.


The State Secretary also held bilateral meetings with colleagues from other countries - Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Poland and Slovak Republic, discussing the prolongation of controls at the internal borders. He pointed out that Slovenia did not agree with the prolongation of border controls at the Slovenian-Austrian border, as good and effective work of the Slovenian police was also demonstrated by statistical data and the measure was therefore considered unjustified.