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Italian interior minister informs Slovenian counterpart of introduction of border controls

Boštjan Poklukar spoke on the phone last night with the Italian Minister of the Interior, Matteo Piantedosi.

The Italian minister informed him that Italy had decided to introduce controls at our common border due to the changed circumstances in Europe and the Middle East. The situation has changed considerably since the pair last met in Rome in April. The Italian minister said that the essence of this temporary measure was to prevent terrorism and organised crime.

The ministers agreed that the Western Balkan route, which is closely monitored by both Slovenian and Italian security services, could be an attractive corridor for potential radicalisation.

Mr Poklukar stressed the need for this measure to be temporary and proportionate as well as friendly to our citizens, so as not to break the cultural, friendship and family ties of the people living along the border. The ministers also agreed that the directors general of the police would talk shortly and agree on how and where the measure would be implemented.

The Slovenian police are keeping a close eye on the situation and adjust their measures so as to ensure the safety of all citizens of Slovenia.