The Slovenia Times

Hungary and Slovenia to Form Joint Border Patrols


Vesna Györkös Žnidar and her Hungarian counterpart Sandor Pinter met to discuss the latest developments in the migration crisis and Hungary's erecting of a razor-wire fence on the shared border last week.

According to a report by Radio Slovenija, Györkös Žnidar underscored good bilateral cooperation in the management of migrations. She described the meeting as vital.

Hungary's move last Thursday to set up a razor-wire fence on the Slovenian border had initially suggested a loss of trust between the countries, especially as Hungary had not notified Slovenia of its plans.

However, the removal of the fence on Friday showed that "both countries are aware of the need to respect the Schengen rules and the EU law," the Slovenian minister was cited in the radio report.

The ministers agreed this one-off event would not affect the good cooperation between the countries. They also agreed that Hungary would keep Slovenia up to date on measures concerning the entry of migrants on the border with Croatia.

A sudden unexpected arrival of up to 10,000 migrants a day as experienced by Hungary would put Slovenia in an extremely difficult situation, Györkös Žnidar said.

If Austria and Germany changed their refugee policy as well, Slovenia would be in a dead-end situation, the minister said.

Her Hungarian counterpart also described today's meeting as constructive, adding that the cooperation between the countries was good and problem-free.


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