Czech police officers to help enforce EU-Turkey agreement in Greece
The Czech Republic is to send thirty police officers to Greece on Friday where they will help fulfill the EU’s agreement with Turkey on the return of migrants who attempt to enter the EU via Greece. The officers will be assigned to the European border agency Frontex where they will be directly involved in the process of escorting migrants back to Turkey.
Selecting officers for the job has not been a problem. At the request of the government earlier this year the Czech police presidium compiled a data base of 300 officers with knowledge of foreign languages and experience serving abroad. The database served the force earlier when the Czech Republic responded positively to requests for help from Hungary, Slovenia and Macedonia where it sent dozens of officers to help secure borders. Police President Tuhý said the country would be able to respond flexibly to any future request as well.
“We are in contact with our partners abroad and the situation in the south of Europe is far from stabilized. That is why we have officers helping out in Macedonia and should we be asked to reinforce that assistance we will be able to do so at short notice. Our data base includes officers with experience in different areas, so if we get a request from an individual state or the EU we are able to put together a team at short notice that will be ideally suited for the given mission.”