If Hungary seals off border with Croatia, Slovenia will act accordingly, says PM Cerar


Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar said after the EU summit in Brussels that Slovenia too would have to take measures if Hungary seals off its border with Croatia for migrants, which would lead to the re-directing of the migrant wave towards Slovenia.

“In that case we would have to take adequate measures for which we have been preparing intensively, although we are not in favour of such unilateral moves,” Cerar said, adding that he had told this to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban with whom he briefly met on the fringes of the summit. Cerar said he also discussed this issue with Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic and Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann.

Cerar said that from his talks with Orban he could conclude that there was a realistic possibility for Hungary to make a decision to close its border towards Croatia, to which Slovenia would have to react with adequate measures so as to prevent the migrant wave being re-directed to its border. He added he expected Hungary to notify Slovenia in case it decided to adopt such “a radical decision”, which he personally did not approve of.

In his opinion, Germany’s role in the refugee-migrant problem will be critical. “Should northern borders start closing, Slovenia too will have to act accordingly, because we cannot afford an uncontrollable influx of refugees and migrants,” Cerar said.