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Ministers discuss Austrian police action

AUSTRIAN police will take a more sensitive attitude when checking Slovak motorists and passengers on buses, Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák told the SITA newswire after meeting his Austrian counterpart, Maria Theresia Fekter, in Luxembourg on April 6.

AUSTRIAN police will take a more sensitive attitude when checking Slovak motorists and passengers on buses, Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák told the SITA newswire after meeting his Austrian counterpart, Maria Theresia Fekter, in Luxembourg on April 6.

The Austrian police will make such checks only after mutual communication with Slovak authorities and will not focus on tourists, but rather on prevention of illegal immigration and organised crime.

The meeting was initiated by the Austrian government in response to Kaliňák’s complaint about the border checks made by Austrian police on Slovak passengers travelling on a public bus service from Bratislava to Hainburg on March 21.

The Austrian minister explained to Kaliňák that the check was based on the desire of police to see that the buses were not overcrowded. Slovakia argued that risk analyses should be considered in deciding upon border controls. The minister said that in the case of Slovak-Austrian relations, road transport of Slovak tourists on public buses should not be considered as risky.

Both interior ministers agreed in Luxembourg that police on both sides of the border would intensify their cooperation in the fight against organised crime.

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