Extraordinary JHA Council discusses implementation of existing measures to control migration
Today, 9 November 2015, Minister of the Interior Vesna Györkös Žnidar attended an extraordinary meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Brussels.
The meeting focused in particular on the implementation of the existing measures, especially those agreed at the EU-Balkans mini-summit.
Minister Györkös Žnidar brought her European counterparts up to speed with the current situation in Slovenia, with over 160,000 migrants having crossed into the country since mid-October. She expressed her appreciation to all countries that had responded to Slovenia's request for assistance and had already deployed some police officers to help the Slovenian police, and provided technical and other assistance. She emphasized, however, that this would not suffice to control and effectively manage migration flows in the long term, since Slovenia does not have the capacity to cope with such massive influx of migrants.
Györkös Žnidar informed the Ministers of the measures Slovenia would take in case the number of new arrivals does not decline, including the possibility of setting up physical barriers. She pointed out the migration issue is not a problem of one country but concerns the entire Europe, and called on the EU to adopt appropriate measures to protect the Schengen system.
The Ministers also discussed the implementation of both relocation decisions, especially in view of the hot spots.
On the sidelines of the meeting, Minister Györkös Žnidar met her counterparts from Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Latvia and Estonia, as well as Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos.