Police delegations of Istria and Primorje-Gorski Kotar counties in Croatia, the Slovenian town of Koper and Trieste, Italy said at the Dragonja border crossing on Wednesday that the barbed wire fence Slovenia put up on its border with Croatia to keep away migrants could not disrupt their very good relations.
"We are continuing to cooperate with the aim of stopping cross-border crime and fighting terrorism. The wire fence has no impact on our cooperation and our relations, but I can't say at this moment how it will reflect on the next tourist season. We think it should be removed as soon as possible," Koper police chief Danimir Rebec said.
Primorje-Gorski Kotar County police chief Senka Subat said the fence would not stop cooperation but that it was not a pretty sight.
Istria County police chief Dragutin Cesar would not comment on the border situation after the fence was put up, saying this was not within the jurisdiction of the police. "We are here to talk about police cooperation. We are tasked with controlling the crossing of the state border and its protection and in that sense I don't see the new situation as being an aggravating factor."
Irene Tittoni of the Trieste police said it was "not good" that Slovenia put up the wire fence along the border and that this was the "result of an uncoordinated policy at the European Union level."