Prague – Interior Minister Tanja Bobnar attended an informal EU ministerial in Prague on Monday, telling her colleagues from the other EU members that the Slovenian police had not yet detected major security threats stemming from the war in Ukraine. However, the police is paying close attention including because of potential human trafficking.
The minister noted that Ukrainian refugees were mostly children and women, therefore the Slovenian police was very vigilant as regards human trafficking and had launched preventative activities, the Interior Ministry said in a press release.
In the long term, the great quantity of weapons circulating in Ukraine are a very big concern, as these weapons may be smuggled into the EU, the press release said.
Bobnar underlined the extraordinary importance of protecting the EU’s external borders, activities of the EU-wide platform combating criminal threats and close cooperation and exchange of information with Ukrainian and Moldovan authorities, Europol and Interpol.
The EU interior ministers also discussed child abuse prevention, with Bobnar quoted as saying that EU-wide rules are needed for efficient fight against child abuse.
Slovenia approves clear rules allowing effective and timely investigations. “We also support the proposal stipulating obligatory detection, reporting and removal of such materials for online service providers, because many victims never report their abuse,” said Bobnar.
Moreover, the ministers discussed migrations, with Bobnar saying Slovenia was very concerned because recently many vulnerable groups had entered Slovenia, above all children travelling alone or with adults who are not related to them, exposing them to the risk of becoming trafficked.
Bobnar moreover expressed the wish for an EU-level debate about visa regimes for the Western Balkans. The latter has become a destination for Cubans, Indians and African residents, who then go on to illegally cross into other countries.
She moreover promoted a fast and dignified return of migrants who are not eligible for international protection to the countries from where they entered. This must be done with full respect of human rights and the principle of non-refoulement, the ministry said.