Interior Ministry receives complaints over heavy-handed approach of border police in neighbouring states
The Interior Ministry has received 21 complaints so far this year from Czech drivers who said they had been harassed by the police in other states during border controls. Most of the cases involved police in the German state of Bavaria and in Austria. The Czech minister of the interior, Martin Pecina, is planning to hold talks on the matter with his German and Austrian counterparts. Some Czech drivers say they have been subject to excessive controls by border police in neighbouring states since border posts were closed with the Czech Republic’s accession to the Schengen zone at the end of 2007. The number of checks reportedly increased at the start of this year after a change in Czech law which sets the amount of various drugs people can possess without facing criminal prosecution.