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Vyšné Nemecké border crossing re-opened

The reconstructed border crossing at Vyšné Nemecké-Užhorod on the Slovak-Ukrainian border was re-opened on June 6 for a trial period.

People travelling to Ukraine will no longer have to detour to the border crossing further north near the village of Ubľa as was the case during the four months of reconstruction work.

The opening ceremony was attended by Slovak Interior Minister Róbert Kaliňák and Mykola M. Lytvyn, chairman of the Ukrainian State Committee for State-border Protection.

The EU's inspection commission is due to visit the check-point on June 18, as it is set to become an important exterior EU border when Slovakia joins the Schengen zone (tentatively scheduled for the end of this year).

According to Kaliňák, the commission will be satisfied with the results of the reconstruction and the check-point should also "bring Slovakia and Ukraine closer together".

The reconstruction work was co-financed by the Schengen Transitional Fund (contributing €803,378) and Slovakia's customs office (€152,000).

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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