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Gašparovič: Schengen could bring more crime

Among the positives of Slovakia's entry to the Schengen zone will be unrestricted movement around Europe, but it could also result in a rise in crime, Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič said on December 20.

Among the positives of Slovakia's entry to the Schengen zone will be unrestricted movement around Europe, but it could also result in a rise in crime, Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič said on December 20.

"Our entry is very positive, although it will bring certain problems pertaining to migration and a possible increase in crime in the country," he said.

According to him, this is not just a problem for Slovakia. All governments will have to be vigilant, he added.

The President described Slovakia's entry to the Schengen zone as a memorable day for all those who remember borders covered with barbed wire and barriers. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

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