Hojs and his Cypriot counterpart Nouris discuss the situation in Ukraine
Minister of the Interior Aleš Hojs met with Nicos Nouris, Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Cyprus, in Ljubljana today. The main topics of the discussion were the war in Ukraine and its consequences and the Pact on Migration and Asylum.
The war in Ukraine and its consequences require our utmost attention and coordinated action among member states. Slovenia is showing its solidarity through concrete actions, such as humanitarian aid, diplomatic support and the activation of temporary protection for displaced persons from Ukraine, Hojs told his Cypriot counterpart.
"We need to tackle this migration challenge together with an appropriate and coordinated response at EU level – notably through regular information exchange, coordinated relocation of refugees, the establishment of a single European registration system for persons with temporary protection at EU level, the provision of resources and greater flexibility in the absorption of EU funds. At the same time, we should not forget to focus on the security aspect and on better protection of the EU's external borders," said Minister Hojs.
In addition to the Ukrainian migration crisis, other migration challenges and pressures remain on the table in a number of member states - in particular Cyprus. In this context, Slovenia supports the efforts of the French Presidency in the negotiations on the Pact on Migration and Asylum, as any progress in this area is welcome. We need a strong common migration and asylum policy and we need to find the right balance between responsibility and solidarity. "In this respect, Slovenia advocates the swift adoption of the Eurodac Regulation and believes that the negotiations on the regulation on screening third country nationals at the external EU borders should be given priority. We advocate flexible solidarity with a wide range of measures, such as financial and operational support and support from EU agencies. As regards alternative forms of solidarity, we believe that any contribution that meets the needs of the recipient country and will help to reduce migration pressure makes sense," Hojs said. He also pointed to the unsatisfactory return situation, calling for a strengthened role for Frontex, and added that we have high expectations from the newly appointed EU Return Coordinator.