Slovakia to protect its border with Austria

Slovakia takes new measures to protect its border with Austria following Vienna's decision says PM Robert Fico

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Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico arrives at the EU council headquarters for the second day of a European Union leaders summit addressing the talks about the so-called Brexit and the refugee crisis in Brussels, Belgium, February 19, 2016.

Slovakia will launch technical measures to protect its border with Austria following Vienna's decision to cap the number of refugees entering its territory, Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Friday.

"We are launching all technical measures for the protection of our border with Austria for the eventuality that larger groups stay at the Austrian border for example in Slovenia,and try to get around and get to Germany via a different route," Fico said in a news briefing during EU summit in Brussels.

Austria,  where refugees seek to enter to make their way to Germany, said on Friday it would introduce stricter limits in addition to the existing daily cap on refugee and asylum claims.

The daily limit of 3,200 refugees being allowed across the border and 80 asylum claims was previously announced by Austria on the eve of an EU summit.

European states were already irritated by Austria’s decision.

The daily cap is seen as undermining Germany's quest for a joint EU solution to the bloc's refugee crisis in tandem with Turkey.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker expressed exasperation on Thursday, and the EU's migration chief said the cap on asylum claims would break EU and international law.

Slovakia, which will take new measures against refugee influx, has only seen small number of people moving through its territory during the refugee crisis.


TRTWorld, Reuters