In response to an inquiry by Hungrian news agency MTI the National Police Headquarters (ORFK) announced that currently, 42 guest officers support the efforts of Hungarian police officers to step up against illegal migration.
MTI contacted ORFK, because German magazine Bild wrote about the arrival of German police officers in Hungary.
In its statement, the National Police Headquarters wrote that as part of the so called “flexible” operational activities that are organised on the Hungarian-Serbian border by the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (Frontex), in the second half of August, a number of German guest officers will indeed arrive in Hungary, and will be deployed here for a month. The exact number of the contingent is yet unknown. Currently, two German officers are on duty n Hungary.
The police said that Frontex operations are on-going in Hungary; as a part of these, international police officers will arrive in the country. This year, 151 guest officers have been received and 42 are staying in Hungary at the moment.
The majority of them – 20 out of 22 Austrians – arrived at the end of July and on 1 August. Apart from them, Romanian, Bulgarian, Finnish, Polish and Italian guest officers, and Serbian observers are also assisting the police in their work.
In its response, ORFK also mentioned that in addition to Frontex operations, based on a bilateral agreement, 25 Slovak police officers are supporting border protection tasks in Bács-Kiskun County. As part of the Visegrád Cooperation, reinforcement is expected from the Czech Republic from the beginning of September and Poland has also offered its assistance, the police pointed out.