The European Commission's Schengen evaluation committee began inspecting the Slovak-Ukrainian border on June 18 as part of the run-up to the country's entry to the Schengen zone.
The committee will be carrying out checks at the border until June 22, assessing technical conditions and how the border police work. The committee will monitor the officers' language, computer skills and knowledge of legislation.
The preliminary results of the inspection will be released in July, while the final assessment will be approved by the EU working group for Schengen assessment in September, Interior Ministry spokesman Erik Tomáš told the TASR newswire.
Several offices, along with various other buildings on the 98-kilometre Slovak-Ukrainian border, were reconstructed prior to the inspection. The Schengen fund provided €803,000 for the work on the main border crossing at Vyšné Nemecké (Košice Region) and the Slovak customs office provided a further €152,000.
The Ubľa border crossing (Prešov Region) is currently undergoing reconstruction, and will be closed until the end of July.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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19. Jun 2007 at 10:48