Czech government backs commission’s border protection plans
The government led by Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka backed a European Commission proposal on Monday to tighten security at the EU’s outer borders. The Czech Republic has been pushing for increased border protection for the better part of a year.
In its plans, it also outlined the founding of a risk and assessment centre, capable of “monitoring migratory flows towards and within the European Union” to gauge weaker areas and potential dangers. The country’s State Secretary for European Affairs Tomáš Prouza told Czech Radio that, as far as the Czech government was concerned, there were no sticking points.
“What is important is not only that the government agreed with the establishment of a European border and coast guard but also with a far greater emphasis on the return of illegal migrants. I think that is far more important than whether we are able to hermetically seal or not seal the border.”
“I think all of us understand that we have only a few months until spring or the beginning of summer for the EU’s outer borders to be reinforced. If we cannot limit the influx of migrants, we may see Germany close its borders as requested by [some on its political scene]. For now, though, Germany wants to keep internal borders open.”