Slovenia to ask Croatia to tighten up screening of migrants

Slovenia has requested a meeting with Croatia to ask it to tighten up the screening of migrants and refugees, Slovenian State Secretary for Refugees Bostjan Sefic said on Tuesday.

"We have proposed a meeting at the border police level to discuss tighter controls and more precise identification of migrants," Sefic was quoted by Slovenian Television as saying.

The announcement came after Austria tightened up controls on its border with Slovenia on Saturday, refusing to allow in several hundred migrants who could not prove that they came from war-torn countries.

The Slovenian authorities believe that this does not mean that Austria has changed its policy on migrants, but see it as a precaution against potential terrorist threats in Europe ahead of the New Year's holidays.

However, some think that the Austrian move reflects a plan to tighten controls on the Schengen borders, as proposed by the European Commission on December 16. If the proposal was accepted, police would also be entitled to check the documents and vehicles of people who have the right to move freely within the Schengen area.

Sefic said that Slovenia had expressed reservations about the proposed changes to the Schengen rules because they would increase the scope of work of its police on the border with Croatia and cause delays on the border, especially during the tourist season.

Last update: Tue, 29/12/2015 - 20:03
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