A sign at a border crossing between Friuli Venezia Giulia and Slovenia | Photo: ANSA/CRISTIANA MISSORI
A sign at a border crossing between Friuli Venezia Giulia and Slovenia | Photo: ANSA/CRISTIANA MISSORI

The northeastern Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG), bordering with Slovenia, has asked the government to close minor crossings with the neighboring country to "avoid problems connected to immigration in addition to those related to healthcare."

The security councilor of the Italian Friuli Venezia Giulia region on July 28 asked the government to close minor border crossings with Slovenia. 

"In Friuli Venezia Giulia, it is necessary for the government to intervene, ordering the immediate closure of all minor crossings with Slovenia in order to control the main ones and use technological instruments to monitor border areas to avoid problems connected to immigration in addition to those concerning healthcare," said councilor Pierpaolo Roberti.

In a statement, Roberti stressed the "impossibility of managing the healthcare crisis and connected quarantine" to contain the spread of COVID-19 with the "constant flow of migrants that does not only concern the province of Trieste but also those of Udine and Gorizia." 

'Avoid risks for public health' 

According to Roberti, in Friuli Venezia Giulia, ''the northern region that registered the best results in containing COVID-19, it is today fundamental (to close minor crossings) to guarantee the safety of the entire country and to prevent new outbreaks due to the lack of respect of measures imposed by the government." 

The councilor added that it is necessary to implement measures '"guaranteeing security and avoiding that people from nations in quarantine and passeurs endanger public health." 

Closures to 'focus on main crossings' 

Roberti announced that a draft regional budget that is being discussed by the council will include an amendment to grant aid to cities deploying local police along roads connecting the region to Slovenia. 

"The closure of minor crossings by the government would allow to concentrate monitoring activities on the main ones and to use technological tools that the region can deploy, starting with thermal drones, to control the rest of the border area," he concluded.
 

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