Topolánek, Gusenbauer discuss Schengen & illegal migration
Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek was on an official visit to Vienna on Monday to meet with Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer for a day of talks that included discussions on the Czech Republic’s Temelín nuclear power plant and the upcoming EU presidencies. But it was the recent enlargement of the EU’s Schengen zone that was arguably the most dominant. Since the relaxation of border controls last month Austria has seen a rapid new influx of illegal migrants and on Monday both Czech and Austrian representatives pledged that more would be done to tackle the problem.
“Despite all the positives which had been expected, there has been migration and we have to be able to deal with it.”
Its not that there hasn’t been an effort, even if some of the more visible activities have come up fruitless: at the weekend dozens of Czech police officers came out in force to respond to information that Chechen migrants were apparently en route from Poland. The police searched trains and stations in north Moravia, for the migrants allegedly trying to make their way to Austria. But the search of a number of Vienna-bound trains all came up empty. In the south of the country, still others checked busses, trucks, and cars with Polish license plates, but were equally unsuccessful. Still, officials have made clear that in the future they will continue in precisely this proactive approach.