The leaders of the Czech Republic and Slovakia announced on Wednesday that the two countries will allow free movement across mutual border from Thursday, the Czech government office said in a press release.
The announcement came here when Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic paid his first official visit to the Czech Republic and met with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis.
The leaders discussed mutual relations, cooperation on opening their borders, addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the multiannual financial framework of the European Union (EU), and the cooperation between the Visegrad group (V4) which includes Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia.
The decision of allowing free movement had been made days ago but was announced on Wednesday as a surprise.
The two prime ministers stressed the need for continued bilateral cooperation, including corporations in regional platforms such as the V4. They also discussed the so-called recovery plan proposed by the European Commission.
“It was a very good visit and we will meet again on June 11 in Lednice, where, for the first time after the coronavirus (pandemic), there will be a physical summit of V4 prime ministers, where we will discuss even more together at the upcoming European Council summit on June 19,”