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Slovenia gets EUR 1.5m donation from CoE bank for refugee crisis


An agreement on the donation was signed by Defence Minister Andreja Katič and the custodian of the CEB fund for refugees and migrants Stephan Sellen in Ljubljana on Monday.

Sellen announced the bank would provide another donation to Slovenia of EUR 530,000 in the coming days at a press conference following the signing.

Katič thanked the CEB for the assistance in helping Slovenia deal with what it is a major challenge in providing for tens of thousands of refugees passing through the country.

With more than 200,000 refugees passing through Slovenia in the past month - which is equal to a tenth of the country's population - Slovenia can be proud of its efforts, the defence minister said.

The donation from CEB is the latest assistance from Europe intended to help Slovenia deal with the refugee crisis.

The European Commission has promised EU funds of EUR 10m in the initial phase and the country is also getting help from European countries in the form of equipment and police reinforcements.

Dozens of police officers from EU members have joined Slovenian police on the border to help with managing the migrant flow.

The Czech Republic is among those providing assistance, including nearly two-dozen police officers, prompting its minister for human rights and equal opportunities, Jiri Dienstbir, to visit Slovenia on Monday in an effort to get acquainted with the situation on the ground.

Dienstbir praised the Slovenian response to the crisis after touring the refugee registration centre in Dobova, eastern Slovenia, and the accommodation centre in Šentilj, north-east.

"Everything here is well organised," he said, while calling for a common EU solution to the refugee crisis.


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