Slovenia to Extend Fence to Istrian Part of Border with Croatia

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Slovenian authorities which have been constructing a fence on the border with Croatia are preparing to start putting up fence in Istria as well, along the river Dragonja, reported the Slovenian media on Friday. All the preparations for this have already been carried out. Slovenian media report that inhabitants of the Slovenian part of Istria are unhappy with the decision, saying they did not experience such thing even during the last war, reports on December 12, 2015.

Representatives of local authorities are also against the fence, saying that the fence will create problems for the people who live there, and also for the local economy which is mostly dependent on tourism. “Istria has a reputation for openness and tolerance, and barbed wire will not protect us nor stop those who dream of a better and safer life. We hope that the fence will disappear as soon as possible”, Mayor of Piran Peter Bossman said.

On Friday, Croatia sent a new note of protest to Slovenia due to placing of barbed wire on border crossings. “With this, the residents of border areas are unable to cross the border in accordance with the rules of border regime established by the Agreement on Border Traffic and Cooperation”, Croatian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

From midnight to 9 am on Saturday, 2,064 refugees entered Croatia. There were 1,002 people accommodated at the temporary refugee centre in Slavonski Brod. Since the beginning of the migration crisis, 493,615 migrants and refugees have passed through Croatia.

Italy has announced that next week it will send 90 soldiers to its border with Slovenia and Austria. The decision was made due to the refugees issue, but also terrorism, although Italy has so far not been threatened. The country hopes that the situation will be kept under control by systematically checking those people who come from countries outside of the Schengen Area.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras admitted that his country was late to respond to the influx of migrants, but after the warning of the European Commission he announced that from now on all migrants who enter the country will be registered. This summer, Greece was “surprised” by a large number of migrants, “but, since September, there has not been a single refugee who has not been registered”, the prime minister said in response to questions in parliament. He confirmed that Greece lacks Euradac equipment for numbering the collected fingerprints and has requested help of European partners in the procurement of the equipment.

Together with Italy and Croatia, Greece was criticized by the European Commission which said that these countries must be more efficient in the process of registration of migrants and that information needs to be passed to the central Eurodac system within 72 hours.


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