Slovenia not considering removal of border fence for now

Slovenia is not thinking about removing the razor-wire fence it has been putting up along its border with Croatia, judging by the latest statements by Slovenian officials, including Economy Minister Zdravko Pocivalsek who called such requests as unnecessary politicising.

Asked in an interview with the Dnevnik daily if he would support requests to remove the fence, which local Croatian and Slovenian leaders on both sides of the border claim has a negative impact on the economy, notably tourism and environmental protection, Pocivalsek said: "We will do all to stay in the European space that enables our economic development, export and communication, and that also requires preventive albeit unpopular measures. The fence will be removed when the danger we are faced with grows smaller or disappears."

 Slovenia has so far put up a razor-wire fence along 140 kilometres of its green border with Croatia.

Prime Minister Miro Cerar has said that Croatia's planned complaint against Slovenia before the European Commission lacks both a legal and a real ground, reiterating that technical barriers on the Slovenian border are a temporary but necessary measure.

Senior police official Marko Gasperlin told Delo that the border fence was necessary and in compliance with the EU's efforts to curb the influx of migrants from the Middle East, Asia and Africa into Western Europe.

Last update: Fri, 18/12/2015 - 19:12
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