If Austria and Germany restrict the reception of migrants, Slovenia will do the same, the Slovenian government said in a comment on Austrian Chancellor Werner Feymann's announcement that his country would suspend the Schengen passport-free border regime on its border.
"Under the Schengen rules, Austria can introduce border control on its border if circumstances arise that justify such a move in relation to the security situation in the country, but such a measure needs to be announced in advance to all member-countries and the European Commission," the Slovenian government's public relations office said in a statement on Sunday.
The Slovenian government said that Feymann's statement for the Oesterreich newspaper was not surprising but that Austria should explain to the EC why it was suspending the Schengen agreement and how long the suspension would last.
If Austria decides to reintroduce border checks for citizens of countries that are members of the EU and the Schengen area, Slovenia will apply the same measures of border and refugee influx control, the Slovenian government said.
Slovenia actively cooperates in efforts to find a solution to the European migrant crisis and wants an agreement at the European level, but it will take resolute and consistent measures if its national interests are threatened and other countries take unilateral action, the Slovenian government said.
In his statement for the on-line edition of Oesterreich paper of Sunday, Feymann warned that Austria would let in only those migrants for whom it established that they could be granted asylum in Austria and those who intended to seek asylum in Germany, but not those whose desired destination was some other European country.
According to sources at the Austrian Ministry of the Interior that were quoted by the Slovenian STA news agency on Friday, Austria could introduce the new, stricter border regime and control of all passengers on its border as of the end of next week. Under way is also an Austrian initiative on a stricter, coordinated regime of control of the refugee influx in cooperation with Slovenia and Germany, which is possibly to be joined by Croatia and which is aimed at gradually stopping the influx of migrants along the Balkan route.