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Poklukar and ambassadors on the priorities for the mandate

Minister of the Interior Boštjan Poklukar and his closest team hosted foreign ambassadors to Slovenia at the Ministry today.

Participants in the hall. In front, a long table, behind which the leadership of the ministry sits, then the ambassadors on chairs in several rows.

At the meeting | Author Ministry of the Interior

Minister Boštjan Poklukar decided to take a different approach and invited the ambassadors to the Ministry after many ambassadors expressed an interest in having a meeting with him. Based on the positive response from the ambassadors, the decision for a single meeting proved a success.

Poklukar presented three priorities of his mandate:

  • Prevention of all forms of violence and corruption,
  • Migration management,
  • further professionalization and modernisation of the police.

"To deliver on the commitment for zero tolerance on corruption and efficient prosecution of crime. Effective investigation of corruption offences followed by timely criminal proceedings send the public the clearest signal that the system is working transparently and efficiently and that the rule of law works," the Minister said on the subject of countering corruption. The Government’s interdepartmental working group for examining the state of effectiveness in addressing all types of violence, especially domestic violence, femicide, sexual abuse of women and children and peer violence has already held its first meeting at the Ministry. A new resolution on the National programme for prevention and suppression of crime 2024–2028 is also being drafted.

Two strategies are currently being prepared in collaboration with other Ministries, Government offices and NGOs in the field of migration  ̶  a strategy for migration and for integration of foreigners with the key goal of an open and inclusive society. Countering irregular migration and people smuggling is another crucial aspect of migration management. "The issue of irregular migration and forms of crime stemming from it represent some of the most serious security challenges today. Tackling irregular migration is not limited to single countries, we know that it can only be successfully addressed through cross-border cooperation and mutual trust," Minister told the ambassadors. Physical barriers do not prevent illegal border crossings and there should be no obstacles between the Schengen area member states," he also stressed. The removal of the fence on the border with Croatia will hence continue.

The Minister also noted on unjustified control on certain internal borders. "It saddens me that despite the lack of arguments, six member states have been insisting on the internal border control for the eight year running and I am concerned that the European Commission as the Guardian of the Treaties is not doing anything about it. We must know that once we jeopardise the processes and rules we ourselves installed, we are also jeopardising the entire European Union."

The third priority of the mandate is continued professionalization and modernisation of the police. "We will pursue our efforts for a career promotion system for police employees and modernisation of the education and training programmes as well as for closer cooperation with police academies in other countries, and with Interpol, Europol and Cepol," Minister Poklukar said. He also announced the preparation of the amendments to the core police legislation, including the Police Tasks and Powers Act, the Organisation and Work of the Police Act and the new Resolution on the long-term Police Development Programme for the next ten years.

The Minister's presentation was followed by a discussion on the current home affairs topics and the Minister and his team took and answered questions from the ambassadors, which were mostly on the subject of migration.