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Slovenia to erect more border fencing with Croatia to stop illegal crossing

Christian Fernsby |
The Slovenian Government has decided to put more fencing on the border with Croatia in a bid to prevent illegal crossing, the Interior Ministry announced.

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According to the Interior Ministry, nearly 40 km of temporary fencing will be erected during this year, but not specifying where reports.

In January and February of this year, police have reported a total of 1,165 illegal crossings of the border, nearly 80 per cent more compared to the same period of last year.

Even though both countries Slovenia and Croatia are members of the European Union, Croatia does not belong in the Schengen Zone, thus it is unable to enjoy the free movement in Schengen countries.

Amid coronavirus, last week Slovenian authorities have decided to extend the operation of the temporary border crossing Robič, until May 5, 2020. The controls at the Robin border point, which have been established at the Slovenian-Italian border as of March 23, are now active in a different schedule prom previously.

At the same time, the Ministry of Health has imposed a new entry regime that is in force as of April 4, 2020, due to the coronavirus.

The new rules include the self-quarantine for at least two weeks of anyone who enters Slovenia in a bid to tackle the spread of the deadly virus. The decision includes transport workers who have been out of the country for an extended period as well as workers who are crossing the border for seasonal work.

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