The fence that the border crossing of Šentilj puts on Austria is intended to regulate the refugee wave and does not mean the reintroduction of border control within the Schengen area, said Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec on Wednesday, saying he would continue the refugee wave in the coming months.
"Austria is doing what we do at our southern border, imposing technical barriers to regulating and controlling the inflow of refugees and avoiding unpleasant events," Erjavec told the parliamentary foreign policy committee, answering the suspicions of the opposition that the move by Austria might be an introduction the exclusion of Slovenia from Schengen or the introduction of border control within the Schengen area as a provisional measure envisaged by Article 24. Schengen rules. He stressed that Prime Minister Miro Cerar repeatedly excluded this possibility because Slovenia is a full member of the Schengen area.
"The Austrian authorities have informed us of their plans, cooperating in an operational manner, and we want to achieve more security in managing the migration wave," the head of Slovenian diplomacy told the board.
According to him, Schengen rules, which are not adapted to situations such as mass influx of refugees, need to be changed and adapted. This is necessary because the migration wave will not cease, and could be strengthened in the spring, as it is not possible to calm the situation in Syria and other crisis areas, Erjavec said.
The informal idea of the Netherlands about the creation of the so-called. the mini-Schengen, which would include Austria, Germany and the Benelux countries, but not Slovenia, for Slovenia is unacceptable and it is not an official proposal to be discussed in the Council of Europe, so any concerns in this respect are unnecessary for now , said Erjavec.
Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar said on Tuesday that Slovenia is a full member of the EU and other European treaties from which it can not be ruled out and has firmly rejected ideas on mini-Schengen to create informal ties and meetings that would not be included in all Schengen 22 countries .
The Ljubljana daily "Dnevnik" states that Cerar expressed its dissatisfaction with the fact that it was not invited to an informal meeting that will be held in the German embassy in Brussels, ahead of the EU summit, in which will be discussed about the refugee crisis and the deployment of new 50.000 migrants now located in camps in Turkey in EU and Schengen areas.
The list states that the actions of Germany and Austria in terms of future refugee policies are increasingly aligned, which would have to adapt to other members of the area.
Slovenia has until now denied its consent to take over its share of 50.000 new migrants who will be moving to Europe, but Cerar's government has recently signaled that it would be willing to consider it, the list says.