Slovenia has received the European Union's promise that it will grant her assistance to police, police officers and financial support for her protection of her Schengen border, Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar said on Tuesday.
Cerar told reporters in parliament, where the process of amending the defense law is underway, which would allow the military at the border to give some of the powers now available to the police to control the migrant tribe.
The help that the Slovenian ministries of interior and defense will be seeking on Wednesday and officially from the EU is the result of talks with European officials these days led by Cerar, President Borut Pahor and Interior Minister Vesna Gjerkeš Žnidar.
"At the initiative of Slovenia, the European Commission and neighboring states will be more active in the coming days," Cerar said, wanting more active action on Brussels's refugee crisis in Slovenia due to the large influx of Balkan migrants.
"It is important that we continue to maintain a human position while maintaining our efforts to control the borders, but also protect the security of people and property," said Slovenian Prime Minister.
The Slovenian Parliament has been discussing amendments to the defense law for more than a month, which, if ratified, could come into force on Wednesday, and the vote is expected at night.
It would give some of the police powers to members of the Slovene army who have 7000 members in defense of borders with the Croatian 670 mileage.
Although they said they would support a state-of-the-state law, some opposition members, especially from the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) led by former Prime Minister Janez Jansa, insisted in the debate that the law was too vague and did not provide the necessary military forces in the critical situation of the migrant crisis which could continue for months and escalate very quickly if Germany ceases to receive refugees.
Janša's party stated in her statements that the involvement of the army in the protection of the border is coming too late and that both the military and the police are poorly equipped and trained for the tasks they might be encountering.
Branko Grims 's and Vinko Gorenak' s spokesmen said that Slovenia had to start fence and wire at the border when it was done by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, but that their left parties in the Parliament were laughing when they warned of the seriousness of the situation, Orban called the dictator.
State Secretary in the Interior Ministry Boštjan Šefic told MPs that the amended law allows the use of military forces to control the migration flow and the interior of the state, with police forces assisting the military police. He said police cooperation and the first 160 soldiers who were sent to the border today because of the migration crisis went great and rejected the suspicions of the opposition that their work would not be properly coordinated.
Some lawmakers from the Democratic New Republic of Slovenia (NSI) stated that Slovenia would need to engage with the Frontex European Agency for the Protection of Borders, and some would argue that Brussels should work to establish a regular communication between Zagreb and Ljubljana in the present threatening refugee crisis.
The Opposition Party of the Associated Left (ZL), which has six deputies in the parliament, has announced that it will vote against major powers, which, although for a limited time, are provided by the proposed law to the military. (Hina)