Slovenian Interior Minister Alej Hoys meets with Greek Civil Defense Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis and Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Notis A. Mitarachi in Athens on Monday as part of preparations for the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU -së.
The meeting took place in a constructive atmosphere and the Ministers agreed that the cooperation between the two countries was good. The discussion focused on Slovenia’s preparations for the EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2021.
“Minister Hoys presented to his Greek counterparts the priorities in the field of internal affairs: integrated migration management, strengthening the Schengen area, ensuring a high level of security in the EU and the Western Balkans as a regional priority,” the Slovenian government said in a statement. for the press.
On the issue of migration, they agreed that it was essential to find a common and comprehensive solution at EU level. “Despite differing views on certain issues, we agree that action on the external dimension of migration is essential. “We need to focus on addressing the causes of migration and strengthening returns,” said Minister Hoys. “We also agree that it is essential to protect the EU’s external borders, with the involvement of all Member States.”
Slovenia sees an opportunity for progress in negotiations on the EU Asylum Agency Regulation. According to Minister Hoys, “The European Asylum Support Office needs a stronger mandate to provide operational assistance to Member States in need.”
A high level of security in the EU is of great importance to both countries. Greek colleagues were therefore pleased to hear about Slovenia’s plans for the Presidency. “We will try to strengthen police co-operation, especially in preventing and investigating child sexual abuse and cross-border search for missing persons.”
Slovenia would also like to see progress in negotiations on the Europol Regulation. “We support the strengthening of Europol, which can help Member States in particular with smaller management systems to analyze large databases. The Agency’s stronger role in innovating and developing the latest police tools is also important. , “said Minister Hoys.
Greek colleagues pledged to be a constructive partner in the negotiations and wished Minister Hoys and his team a successful Presidency. / IBNA