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Slovenian Minister of Interior meets with Slovak colleague

Minister of the Interior mag. Vesna Györkös Žnidar has met with Robert Kalinák the Minister of Interior of the Republic of Slovakia, the country currently presiding the EU Council. Their meeting focused on the subject of migration.

Ministers agreed that cooperation between the countries' ministries and police forces is very good, which is particularly important when the focus is on finding solutions for migration issues. Slovenian minister took the opportunity to thank Slovakia for providing quick support with police officers and equipment when Slovenia was facing the mass inflow of migrants.

Ministers also talked about the current migration situation in the region and the measures addressing migration at the EU level. Slovenian minister reassured that Slovenia is aware of its role of the guardian of external Schengen boarder and added that it has accordingly adopted a number of measures, which include temporarily technical barriers on the external border, recruitment of Slovenian armed forces at the Croatian border, as well as drafting amendments to the Aliens Act, which are currently being finalised. Given measures will allow Slovenia to consistently implement the Schengen legislation and efficiently protect the Schengen border, a duty and a responsibility of every country protecting the external Schengen border.

Slovenian minister also expressed her disagreement with controls on interior EU borders currently in place in Austria. She explaining that given the current security situation the measure is disproportionate and unjustified. Minister Kalinák agreed that Schengen is one of the key elements of European integration, making it necessary for all the measures to be based on objectively supported facts, which need to be proportionate to the envisaged goals.

As the Republic of Slovakia is currently presiding the EU Council, the ministers also discussed current European issues and agreed that solidarity of all member states is key to solving the current migration situation, it should nevertheless be highlighted that solidarity can be provided in different ways, not only by implementing the relocation project.