Ministers Hojs and Hamáček hail EU unity exemplified in declaration on Afghanistan adopted by EU interior ministers


Interior Minister Aleš Hojs received Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamáček for a two-day official visit. The main focus of their talks was on the current security and migration situation and progress on the priorities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The priorities are the establishment of a well-functioning Schengen area, the strengthening of the protection of the EU’s external borders, integrated migration management and a high level of security in the EU and Slovenia. Our regional priority is the Western Balkans, where we mainly focus on enhanced police cooperation, in particular in the prevention of child sexual abuse. Minister Hojs began by noting: “Our priorities remain the same, and we will continue to work on them even though recent events at the EU’s external border with Belarus and in Afghanistan have diverted our attention to issues that require attention. immediate and coordinated response. The Czech Minister praised Slovenia’s efforts and agreed with Minister Hojs on the importance of unity among EU member states, as evidenced by the unanimous statement on the situation in Afghanistan adopted by the ministers of inside at the end of August.

The ministers also had a discussion on the important topic of migration. The Minister said: “Progress in establishing an integrated migration and asylum management system in the EU and cooperation with partner countries is at the heart of our Presidency. At the July informal meeting of interior ministers in Brdo pri Kranju, ministers demonstrated their political will to progress gradually in the formation of a common EU migration policy by addressing unrelated issues. to the most sensitive issues of the pact, such as Eurodac regulation. However, the positions of the Member States still diverge on the issue of responsibility and solidarity, which complicates the negotiations on the legislative acts of the Pact on Migration and Asylum presented by the European Commission in autumn 2020. Negotiations on legislative proposals under the pact are intensely taking place at expert level, Hojs told his colleague Minister Hamáček.

The interior ministers traveled to the southern border of Slovenia where they met Slovenian and Czech police officers who are carrying out joint patrols on the border between Slovenia and Croatia. Minister Hojs thanked his Czech counterpart for his help and said that Slovenia and the Czech Republic are friendly countries and the two police forces cooperate well in border surveillance. They expressed their common ground on the importance of preventing any sudden massive movement of migrants to the EU or any pressure on the EU’s external borders. The Slovenian minister added: “We can only stop such events if we prepare well and exercise caution when making statements that may encourage irregular migration”, stressing that enhanced border surveillance of the EU means security and stability for the EU.

On this occasion, the two ministers also met Prime Minister Janša, who presented Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamáček with a certificate of appreciation from the government in recognition of the support that the Czech government has given Slovenia to contain the Covid-19 epidemic.


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