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Last year more than 63 million travellers passed the Slovenian border, and only 13 million of those came from the third countries, which means that the border policemen will be facing four times larger workload. Foto: Srdjan Živulović/BoBo

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Starting from today, congestions are expected at the border with Croatia

7. April 2017 ob 10:25
MMC RTV SLO

The times when the Police just waved on people who showed their Slovenian or European documents from far, and allowed them to pass the border without stopping, are gone. The Police do not hide the fact that larger congestions are expected, but draw attention to the fact that policemen won't be responsible for them. Therefore, they appeal to travellers not to vent their anger on guardians of order at the state border.

Systematic control was performed by the Slovenian policemen only for citizens of countries outside the EU, but from now on it will include everybody. Last year more than 63 million travellers passed the Slovenian border, and only 13 million of those came from the third countries, which means that the border policemen will be facing four times larger workload. They will do our best to keep the quest as short as possible.

Detail check are beneficial for our safety as well. During the last years, the situation in Europe and in the world has changed, and terrorism stopped being an exotic concept in Slovenia, and border checks more and more often give results.

Slovenia expressed a number of comments and objections at adoption of the decree, mainly regarding the proportionality of measures in view of consequences, but no exemptions are planned, not even during the tourist season. However, in compliance with the European jurisdiction, Slovenia has certain options of suspending control.

The reason no exemptions were requested by Slovenia is mainly the fact that Slovenia cannot afford such security risks, and that the other EU member states would refuse their consent.

Robert Škrjanec, Radio Slovenija; translated by G. K.

Ljubljana