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Union to pour 1 billion into border protection

THE EUROPEAN Union plans to dedicate 1 billion euros to border protection programmes, which besides maintaining border safety help refugees inside and outside of the EU’s borders. The money will be accessed through four special funds and be distributed between 2007 and 2013.

The spokesperson for the Interior Ministry's press department, officer Natália Hattalová, told the Hospodárske noviny daily that the ministry is interested in tapping these funds.

The director of border protection and immigration, Michal Borgula, says that his division is looking forward to using the funds. "We need these finances to ensure partial protection of the EU’s borders from the air," he said.

Borgula plans to use the finances to purchase two new helicopters, improve technical equipment of airports and organize employees' training.

Funds are also planned to finance the extradition of some refugees to their homeland.

Compiled by Magdalena MacLeod from press reports
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