Italy Extends Border Controls With Slovenia

Italy Extends Border Controls With Slovenia

Italy’s border controls with Slovenia will continue for the month of November with the possibility of further extensions. 

The move has temporarily suspended the Schengen Agreement's principle of freedom of movement.

Italy reinstated police checks at the border in its northeast as of October 21 for an initial 10 days, suspending the free movement normally allowed within most of the European Union under the Schengen treaty.

The decision to extend border controls comes in response to recent security threats and violent incidents within the European Union. Italy, like many EU member states, has been on high alert due to the rise in terror-related activities

Minister Luca Ciriani, speaking on behalf of Rome's parliament, announced the extension, initially set for 20 days. However, the duration of these border controls remains contingent on international developments and security situations. The Italian government, in collaboration with the Slovenian and Croatian governments, is closely monitoring the situation and will adapt their measures accordingly.

“The measure has been extended from 31 October for another 20 days, in agreement with the Slovenian and Croatian governments, but its duration will also depend on how the international scenarios evolve,”

Minister Luca Ciriani

Last month, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi said the border checks were likely to be extended into next year, citing the risk of terrorists among the migrants in transit on the Balkan route.

Ciriani said 10 people had so far been arrested on charges of aiding and abetting illegal immigration as a result of the controls.

EU nationals have the right to travel freely to Italy but in the event of temporary border controls, they should present their valid passport or ID card. Non-EU nationals need to present a valid passport and a valid visa if necessary.

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