Authorities in the Czech Republic sent another 40 police unit to help guard the border between Hungary and Serbia.
This decision comes as part of the border protection partnership between the countries of the Visegrad Group: Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, TheSchengen.com reports.
In this regard, Deputy Chief of Police of the Chungrad-Chesanad Provincial Police Force, Jenny Zelassi Horvat, stressed that the unit of the Czech Republic had provided essential assistance to Hungary in its efforts to better protect the border.
According to him, the former unit helped arrest more than 6000 illegal immigrants over two months, Hungary reported today, while adding that the new unit will be deployed on the border between Hungary and Serbia until March 24.
This is not the first time that Czech Republic police officers have arrived in Hungary to help protect the EU’s Schengen borders.
In October, a total of 50 Czech police officers arrived in the Hungarian capital to help protect the border in southern Hungary.
At the time, the deputy head of the National Police, Janos Kocek, emphasized that the protection of the southern borders provides security in the whole of Europe.
In addition, Koçek emphasized that the current immigration pressures pose a serious security threat to European countries.
He considered protecting the southern border essential to the state’s efforts to combat illegal immigration.
Earlier, the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, said he supports the idea of strengthening the external borders of the European Union. His remarks came during his visit to Budapest with the leaders of Eastern European Union countries.
TheSchengen.com previously reported that attempts to cross the illegal border in Hungary on average per day represented a marked increase, prompting the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, Gergeli Golias, to call on the EU authorities to cover at least one part of the costs of the country’s border fence.
In this regard, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) last week launched a new operation at the EU’s external land borders, which will take place across a total of 12 EU countries and cover 62 border crossing points.
In addition, Frontex announced that more than 450 permanent corps officers from 28 countries of the European Union and the Schengen area will support the authorities in border management.
“The European Union has thousands of kilometers of land borders. The aim of the operation is to strengthen border control at the land borders of the European Union, to assist countries in the fight against cross-border crime and to strengthen the internal security of the European Union.”
Authorities in European countries are constantly trying to find effective ways to tighten controls at their borders and stem the flow of migrants trying to reach European countries illegally.