The fight against smuggling, including effective border controls, good cooperation between police forces, the need for a joint solution to illegal migration to the EU or the signing of a new treaty on state borders. The ministers of the interior of the Czech and Slovak Republics met in Prague.
Today, November 9, 2023, the Minister of the Interior Vít Rakušan welcomed the Slovak Minister of the Interior Matúš Šutaj Eštok in Prague. The main topic of the meeting was the fight against smuggling, strengthening the prevention of uncontrolled migration, effective return policy and improving the protection of external borders. Vít Rakušan praised the improved police cooperation at the common border, saying that thanks to this cooperation, the introduction of internal border controls proved to be an effective solution to the fight against smuggling.
“I appreciate that the minister’s first trip abroad is to the Czech Republic and I am glad that we can continue what we have managed to build with Slovakia in the area of internal security over the past year. I also welcome the fact that Slovakia has supported the meeting of the V4 countries with Germany and Austria, which we are planning for the end of November, said Minister of the Interior Vít Rakušan.
When it comes to the future of checks on the Czech-Slovak border, the progress of neighboring countries will also be important for further progress. It is true, however, that the Czech Republic has been concentrating on minimizing negative impacts on normal cross-border traffic from the beginning.
Among other things, the two ministers agreed on the need for a joint solution to illegal migration to the EU and on the fact that the current European asylum and migration system is dysfunctional and in need of fundamental reform. One of the important steps will be the introduction of the so-called mandatory border procedure, which will lead to better security of EU borders against illegal migration and faster return of these persons. This point contains a proposal for a new migration pact.
Interior ministers also signed a new treaty on state borders today. It is a technical document that does not change the state borders and has nothing to do with the current migration situation. The contract responds to new technical possibilities and ways of targeting state borders. They will no longer be determined by a comprehensive document, but only by a list of the coordinates of the boundary points.
department of communication of the Ministry of the Interior
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