Budapest, December 13 (MTI) – Members of the Visegrad Group – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – are considering providing joint police assistance to Macedonia in handling illegal immigration, Hungarian interior minister Sandor Pinter said in Szeged on Sunday.
“We plan to provide joint assistance to Macedonia in filtering out illegal immigrants from refugees,” Pinter said after conducting talks with his Czech counterpart.
Pinter noted that Hungary had already provided technical assistance and training to Macedonia, adding that later on Hungarian policemen could also serve in Macedonia, hopefully along with servicemen from other Visegrad countries.
Czech interior minister Milan Chovanec said preserving the Schengen zone is important to both the Czech Republic and Hungary. Chovanec said Europe has now understood that more needs to be done to tackle illegal immigration by strengthening protection of its external borders and improving cooperation with Turkey and other countries.