Slovenia is consistently applying Schengen regulations at its border with Croatia and the policy of a faster transit of migrants along the Balkan route is no longer acceptable, Slovenian Interior Minister Vesna Gjerkes Znidar said on Thursday.
Refuting criticism regarding yesterday's conference on the migrant crisis in Austria, attended by representatives of countries on the Balkan migrant route and excluding representatives of Greece and the European Commission, the minister said Slovenia was applying the Schengen regulations in the given conditions and meeting the European Union conclusions regarding the control of the migrant flow.
We have stepped up border control, limited organised transport of migrants to Slovenia and radically stepped up the criteria for a humanitarian entry into our country," the Slovenian minister said ahead of a meeting of EU interior ministers focusing on the Balkan migrant route.
A separate meeting of the ministers of Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia and Greece has been announced for later today.
"At this moment, cooperation between countries along the Balkan route is critical," Gjerkes Znidar told reporters before today's meeting.
Underscoring that security was Slovenia's top priority, the minister said that it can be achieved only through consistent migrant control which was exactly what the Slovenian police were doing.