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Slovakia 29 requirements away from 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 assessment committee's visit last year in October," said Kaliňák. "I believe that the report from their seven-day inspection in June will show positive results for Slovakia. In October, we'll discuss dropping our borders with our EU neighbours," Kaliňák said.

Slovakia has already met 160 out of the 189 conditions concerning security, personnel and the 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.

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

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