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The EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, Ilkka Salmi, who is visiting Slovenia as part of his working visits to EU member states after taking up his post on 1 October 2021, met yesterday with representatives of the police management. He was received by the Assistant Director General of the Police, Jo┼że Senica. 

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The Assistant Director General of the Police, Jo┼że Senica, and the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, Ilkka Salmi

During the discussion, which took place in a pleasant atmosphere, Senica stressed, among other things, that Slovenia is aware of its responsibility in protecting the external Schengen border and of the role we play in the Western Balkans region.

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Meeting with representatives of the Criminal Police Directorate

Representatives of the Criminal Police Directorate gave the coordinator a detailed presentation on the work of the Slovenian Police in the field of counter-terrorism and on the priorities and challenges faced by the police in their work. The coordinator commended Slovenia's efforts and work in the Western Balkans region, particularly in reducing radicalisation and in other areas of counter-terrorism.

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At the meeting with the delegation of the Slovenian Interior Ministry

Today, Salmi was received by State Secretary Dr Branko Lobnikar. They discussed global challenges in the prevention, detection and investigation of terrorism, as well as good practices and the way forward at national and EU level. "Slovenia is a safe country and the terrorist threat is low," Lobnikar said, adding that the fight against terrorism remains high on the agenda of the ministry and the police.

As terrorism is a global phenomenon, the two speakers also agreed on the importance of continuous exchange of information between member states in monitoring terrorist threats. Lobnikar also highlighted the work of the Slovenian Police and cooperation with partners in the Western Balkans region.

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