The Slovenia Times

W Balkans Brdo Ministerial Promotes Regional Approach to Terrorism


Slovenian Interior Minister Vesna Györkös Žnidar hosted the Brdo segment of the meeting together with Montenegrin counterpart Raško Konjević and participants exchanged views on some of the negative consequences of emigration from the Western Balkans to certain EU members.

They established that a regional approach was a good supplement to existing mechanisms, enabling a more flexible exchange of information and closer cooperation, the Interior Ministry wrote in a press release.

The ministers also looked at activities targeting human trafficking, backing the activities of the informal network of national coordinators that was established in 2010 as part of the Brdo Process launched that year in Slovenia.

As to terrorism, they backed a further development of cooperation with the exchange of best practice in the fight on terrorism in the Western Balkans and the EU.

Terrorism was in the centre of another meeting in Brdo, the SEECP ministerial that featured interior as well as justice ministers.

The need to prevent extremism that can lead to terrorism was stressed, while other topics addressed included the use of the internet to spread terrorism, illegal arms trade and the financing of terrorism.

Györkös Žnidar stressed that terrorism is a threat that knows no geographical borders or other limits and that only a joint response can effectively address the threat of foreign fighters.


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