STA, 8 July 2018 - Slovenia reiterated its position that its protection of the Schengen border was effective in a response to Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, who said in an interview that the EU should send its FRONTEX force to control the border between Slovenia and Croatia.
Hermann demanded this move in an interview for the Sunday edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as a way to stop the flow of migrants from the Czech Republic to the German southern-most land of Bavaria.
Slovenia's Interior Ministry said in a statement for the STA that the country protected the Schengen border effectively with its own staff and with the help of the military, as well as temporary technical obstacles and other measures.
The statistics prove the Slovenia's efforts are effective, the ministry said, stating that the number of migrants returned to Slovenia by Austria was insignificant - only 13 in the first half of the year.
Moreover, the ministry and the police have prepared adequate measures for any future developments. Slovenia continues to insist that the migration issues must be addressed at the EU's external borders.
FRONTEX's mandate dictates that the force be first deployed to the outer borders, which Slovenia's border with Croatia is not, the ministry added.