EC declines to comment on Austria’s plan for “technical barriers”


The European Commission would not comment on plans by Austria to erect “technical barriers” at its frontier with Slovenia to help control the flow of thousands of migrants crossing into Austria.

The European Commission has not been notified of any such intentions and we decline to comment, spokeswoman for the EC Natasha Bertaud said on Wednesday in Brussels.

Media have quoted Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner as saying that she had commissioned plans for special construction measures, explaining that Austria will build “technical barriers” on its border with Slovenia to help control the flow of thousands of migrants crossing daily into Austrian territory,

Spokeswoman Bertaud declined to comment on Slovenia’s announcement that it might consider invoking the solidarity clause, that is Article 222 of the Treaty of Lisbon, which envisages that “the Union and its Member States shall act jointly in a spirit of solidarity if a Member State is the object of a terrorist attack or the victim of a natural or man-made disaster.”

No such request has been made and we don’t comment on unconfirmed intentions, the spokeswoman said.

The Financial Times claims that “Slovenia considers calling for EU military aid”, explaining that “Slovenia, the tiny Balkan state struggling to cope with the migration crisis, has raised the idea of invoking a never-before-used ‘solidarity clause’ in the EU treaties to formally request European aid and military support.”