Prime Minister Marjan Šarec said on Monday that security on Slovenia’s southern border would be beefed up, including with new equipment such as drones, after meeting with Ilirska Bistrica officials and civil society representatives to discuss the situation on the border with Croatia.
Šarec, visiting the south-western town along with Interior Minister Boštjan Poklukar and Police Commissioner Tatjana Bobnar, said that he understood locals’ feelings of unease about the situation.
Ilirska Bistrica Mayor Emil Rojc pointed out that the number of illegal border crossings had doubled since Poklukar’s first visit to the area.
“We’ve never said there was no migration issue,” said the prime minister, adding that the need for strengthening border controls had been acknowledged.
Šarec announced the expected arrival of additional soldiers to the area as well as the deployment of new police equipment, including border patrol drones, and expansion of the border fence.
However, Šarec also said that Slovenia’s border patrol had been effective in meeting set expectations and that “we cannot settle for various forms of fear-mongering, which are sometimes politically-motivated as well”.
Šarec will also visit the Kostel and Črnomlje municipalities later today.