Italy Reinstates Slovenia Border Controls

On October 18, the Government of Italy announced the reinstatement of border controls with Slovenia. The government pointed to its efforts to improve homeland security and defend against terrorist attacks as the reason.

In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni wrote, “With the Minister of the Interior Matteo Piantedosi we communicated at the European level the Italian Government’s decision to restore controls at the border between Italy and Slovenia. The suspension of the Schengen Treaty on free movement in Europe was necessary due to the worsening of the situation in the Middle East, the increase in migratory flows along the Balkan route and above all for reasons of national security, and I take full responsibility for it . We spoke about it with our Slovenian colleagues, to whom we renewed our full collaboration on combating the flow of illegal migrants.”

The border controls will take effect from October 21, 2023, for an initial period of 10 days. On October 31, Italy’s government announced an extension for another 20 days.

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