Slovenian PM against short term solution for migrant crisis, against barriers within Schengen

Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar said on Monday it was necessary to find a long term and sustainable solution in case of a new migrant crisis, objecting to barriers between European Union member states.

"Slovenia is already defending the external Schengen border. I understand the reasons which some Schengen Area member states mentioned for introducing temporary controls on the internal borders," Cerar said at the Bled Strategic Forum.

He added, however, that if putting up barriers on internal European borders became a "constant modus operandi," the EU could not function normally because it was founded on the free flow of people, goods and services, and it might risk disintegration.

Last year during the migrant crisis, Slovenia put up barbed wire along a third of its border with Croatia and is upset by news that Austria will control traffic at its border crossings with Slovenia and Italy if a new mass migrant flow were to threaten Central Europe.

Cerar said it was necessary to find a long term, solidarity solution for stopping the conflict in Syria so that people coming from there could be provided with conditions to live normally in their home country.

Last update: Tue, 06/09/2016 - 09:47

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