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Slovakia is 29 requirements away from joining Schengen

Slovakia is less than 7 months and 29 requirements away from joining the Schengen zone, said Interior Minister Róbert Kaliňák after a cabinet session in Sobrance (Košice Region) on June 4.

"There has been considerable improvement since the visit of assessment committee in October last year,” said Kaliňák. “I believe that the report from the seven-day inspection in June will have positive results for Slovakia. In October, we'll discuss dropping the borders with our EU neighbours," Kaliňák said.

Slovakia has already met 160 out of the 189 conditions concerning security, personnel and equipment that will be used to police the 98-kilometre border between Slovakia and Ukraine, which will also be part of the Schengen zone’s easternmost border.

A renovated border crossing in Vyšné Nemecké will be officially opened on June 6 with Kaliňák and Finance Minister Ján Počiatek in attendance.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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