Slovenia Refuses to Move Fence on Crotian Border, EU Leaders Hold Another Summit

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The latest on the migrant crisis and the Slovenian fence dispute.

From midnight to 9 pm on Thursday, 8,732 migrants and refugees entered Croatia. There are 2,158 migrants accommodated in the reception centre in Slavonski Brod. Since the beginning of the migration crisis, 372,723 migrants and refugees have entered Croatia, reports and Vecernji List on November 13, 2015.

Slovenia on Wednesday began putting barbed wire on its border with Croatia, believing that Croatia could start sending refugees over the green border. A controversy erupted between the two countries because a part of the Slovenian fence is set on Croatian territory.

Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec said that the border between Croatia and Slovenia has not yet been determined and that the decision will be made by the arbitral tribunal in The Hague. “Slovenia is putting technical barriers on its territory, the border has not yet been determined, and we do not know where it goes”, Erjavec said talking to the Slovenian television. At the disputed location in Harmica, Slovenian special police and helicopters will be on duty the whole night, Erjavec added.

“The fence will be put at the best locations for stopping a possible dispersal of migrants over the green border, but taking care not to enter the territory which is indisputably Croatian”, Erjavec concluded.

The European Union expects that Croatia will pay 7,4 million euros to Turkey for that country to stop refugees and migrants on their way to the EU, according to a document distributed yesterday during the informal European Council meeting in Malta.

The European Council discuss the European aid to Turkey, in the total amount of 2.5 billion euros, with each of the 28 EU member states paying an amount calculated according to its gross national income. Germany would pay the most, 534 million euros. In addition to 2.5 billion euros from the 28 member states, the European Commission would pay another 500 million euros to Turkey.

“Turks will have to control it themselves, their gendarmerie and the coast guard, because Greece is not doing it for some reason. We already have one Croatian police crew there. We can do even more, it’s just symbolic, although most states are not doing even that”, Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanović said at the end of the summit.

During the summit in Valletta, EU leaders have decided to establish the foundation for financial aid to Africa, to address the root causes of mass migration from African countries. Croatia is, along with Greece and Cyprus, the only one of the 28 EU member states that have not yet given or announced its financial contribution to the Foundation. The European Commission expects that Croatia, regardless of the issues with the river of people in transit through Croatia, should allocate more millions of euros for the African fund and for Turkey.

Another EU emergency summit on stopping the refugee crisis will be held within the next month, but this time the summit will include Turkey as well.


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