Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar expresses commitment to solve the migration crisis in the EU

28.06.2015 | By Enikő Xiomara Szabó

At Thursday’s EU summit in Brussels, the leaders of the European Union agreed on that each Member state in accordance with the principle of voluntariness will assist to 60,000 refugees to resettle and relocate. The EU leaders decided on the relocation of 40,000 refugees in need of internal protection, who have sought refuge from Italy and Greece. The refugees will be deployed in other Member States, and throughout the next 2 years, they will resettle 20,000 refugees in need of international protection, who are outside of the EU.

 Contrasting the attitude of the Visegrad countries on the migration crisis, Slovenian Prime Minister, Miro Cerar expresses Slovenia’s active commitment to the principle of humanitarianism, solidarity and the principle of security. The reception and integration of refugees is one of the important issues that was employed by leaders of the European countries at the EU Summit in Brussels. On April 23, the European Union’s special crisis meeting, convened after the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, where a shipwreck killed more than 800 people, the Heads of the European Union Member States agreed on reinforcing internal solidarity and responsibility, but avoided concrete commitments towards the migration crisis.

But since imposing the migrant quotas, proposed by the European Commission, to divide up numbers and share refugees between the member countries, the idea of ​​a mandatory quota has not been receiving unequivocal support from the member states. A clear division can be observed: the first camp of member states insists on voluntary solidarity with Italy and Greece (among this are Visegrad4 countries) , while the other is ready to support mandatory quotas, but does not agree with the proposed criteria. At the end of the summit in Brussels, the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk reiterated the need to reach an agreement by the end of July.

So as Slovenia, after the heated summit, continues to base its approach on the migrant crisis to solidarity and active participation to solve the issue. After achieving the distribution to  be carried out according to the principle of voluntariness, Miro Cerar expressed Slovenia’s willingness to provide assistance to the relevant number of refugees. The Slovenian government

 expected to take an official position on the issue next week. He also announced that Slovenia’s Triglav boat is ready to participate in various non-military aspects of the operations in the Mediterranean. Slovenia is ready to support a comprehensive approach to solve the refugee problem, although the capacity of Slovenia is relatively limited, but the exact number refugees will be announced by the end of July. seems to be ready to bear the costs and take responsibility for the European project.Their approach towards the migration crisis is just one attitude among the divided Central-European region. The Visegrad countries insisted on the voluntary approach of the migrant resettlement, such as the Slovenians, but now the time comes to show to what extent they feel and wish to be a part of the solution of this crisis, as Slovenia clearly expressed after the summit.


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Enikő Xiomara Szabó

Student of MA in European Studies (specialization on Central and Eastern European Studies) at the Jagiellonian University. Undergrad degree holder of Central European Studies and Slavonic Studies (Polish language). Special research interest in Central-Eastern European countries' relations with Latin-American countries. Fields of interest: democracy, soft-power, human rights, society and culture.