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Slovakia waits for final word on Schengen

The final evaluation report on the readiness of individual countries to join the Schengen zone will be discussed by the EU Council of Interior Ministers in Brussels on November 8, Interior Ministry spokesman Erik Tomáš said.

The council’s final decision on Schengen enlargement will be announced at its next session on December 6. The entry itself and abolition of border controls is planned for December 21.

According to European Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security Franco Frattini, speaking during his recent visit to Slovakia, all nine countries under consideration are well prepared for the entry. On that day, all ground and water border controls will be abolished, and airport controls are scheduled to end in March.

The entry to Schengen for new EU members (excluding Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus) was originally planned for October this year. However, taking into account problems with preparing a new information database (SIS II), the entry was expected to be postponed to 2009.

That's why Portugal came up with a proposal to adjust the current SIS database for the new members (called SISone4all), with the goal of reaching enlargement by next month.

-TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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