The Slovenia Times

Debate calls for better definition of security threats and risks


Presenting the document drafted by the Defence Ministry, State Secretary Klemen Grošelj said that the 2010 national security strategy had to be updated so that Slovenia could successfully address modern security threats and risks.

Grošelj, who coordinated the drafting of the document, told the event in the upper chamber of parliament that these included hybrid and cyber threats, terrorism and violent extremism and illegal migrations.

The state secretary noted that the new strategy re-defined the geo-political and geo-strategic position of Slovenia and defined how the country should respond to various threats.

Tensions are increasing and the international environment is changing quickly and thoroughly, he said, adding that Slovenia was facing "new forms of threats and a higher degree of uncertainty and unpredictability".

The resolution proposes that the national intelligence and security agency SOVA is given greater powers focused on early detection of violent extremism, which would then be prevented and investigated by the police.

Marjetka Krašek, the deputy director of SOVA, added that a body would be established at the same time to prevent abuses of these powers, based on the practice by numerous comparable agencies.

Tomaž Čas, the head of the Sever union of police veteran associations, said that Slovenia had somewhat forgotten about the concept of protection of constitutional order after independence.

This affected the powers of SOVA and resulted in the agency and police failing to detect in time that a para-military unit was being formed, he said in reference to the controversial Štajerska Guard.

Čas however believes that the resolution should say that the internal security policy will be focused on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and only then on the protection of constitutional order.

He proposed that local, regional and national security councils be established, with the latter being included in the secretariat of the National Security Council.

The debaters called for a realistic definition of the geo-political and geo-strategic position of Slovenia, and a more detailed definition of threats and risks, in particular hybrid threats and financial terrorism.

It was also proposed that more attention is paid in the document to the protection of drinking water sources.

Asked why the resolution did not address the staff shortage in the Slovenian Armed Forces, Grošelj said that a task force was looking for measures for attracting recruits for the defence system.

Interior Ministry State Secretary Sandi Čurin noted that the new resolution also provided starting points for the planned national programme for the prevention of crime for 2019-2023 and the strategy for management of migrations.


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