Slovenian parliament grants more powers to army

At an extraordinary session on Tuesday the Slovenian parliament adopted amendments to the Defence Act granting military troops on the border some of the powers currently exercised only by the police, with the aim of controlling the inflow of refugees, the Slovenian press agency STA said on Wednesday.

The parliamentary debate on the amendments lasted five hours and amending the said law required two-thirds majority support. Sixty-six MPs supported the amendments and five were against.

Before the debate, Prime Minister Miro Cerar said that the European Union had promised Slovenia assistance in protecting its Schengen border in the form of police equipment, police personnel and financial aid.

The Slovenian media said that 8,000-9,000 refugees had arrived in the country from Croatia on Tuesday and that several thousand had left for Austria.

Between midnight and 9pm on Tuesday, 6,373 migrants entered Croatia and 2,127 were staying at the reception centre in Opatovac, eastern Croatia, the Croatian Ministry of the Interior said. The inflow of migrants from Serbia is expected to continue, the ministry said. Since September 16, when the migrant crisis spilled over to Croatia from neighbouring countries, 207,941 migrants have entered the country, the ministry said on its web site.

Last update: Tue, 08/12/2015 - 12:33
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