EU cautions Slovenia for its asylum policies

The European Commission on Wednesday issued Slovenia with a reasoned opinion for a second infringement case concerning non-transposition of the Common European Asylum System in its domestic legal system.

The Commission urged Slovenia to communicate the national measures taken to transpose the asylum policy within two months or the case could be referred to the Court of Justice of the EU in Luxembourg to impose financial sanctions.

In addition to Slovenia the Commission is pursuing infringement proceedings against Germany, Estonia, Greece, France, Italy and Latvia.

In the past ten months, Slovenia has approved asylum to only five people who had applied for international protection and there has been a very small number of refugees seeking protection in Slovenia.

Slovenia's asylum criteria are very strict and financial assistance for those seeking asylum is minimal. This was confirmed recently in the country's parliament by Prime Minister Miro Cerar however, he claimed that his country was abiding by "minimum standards" prescribed by the European Union concerning protection of threatened persons.

Nevertheless when asked by the opposition to tighten asylum criteria in an effort to discourage refugees passing through Slovenia, Cerar did not react negatively, stating that he was prepared to amend existing legislation on international assistance.

Last update: Wed, 10/02/2016 - 22:23

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