We openly raise the topic of migration, even if our strategies differ slightly, said Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala, who met on Thursday in Katowice with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki as part of Polish-Czech consultations. At the same time, he added that “we must fight illegal migration.”
On Thursday in Katowice, chaired by the prime ministers Mateusz Morawiecki and Petr Fiali, Polish-Czech intergovernmental consultations took place. At the press conference, the head of the Czech government was asked, among others, for a position on illegal migration to the European Union in the context of the Polish critical opinion on the European Commission’s policy on migration.
– Nothing has changed, we have always said that we must fight illegal migration. I am convinced that the system we have now is not effective enough, because when we look at the statistics and how Europe is dealing with migration, it proves that this system does not work, replied Prime Minister Fiala.
He added that he is convinced that this problem must be solved “before migrants cross our borders, and not when they reach EU territory, because then it is associated with huge problems.”
– The czech republic differ slightly in their strategies, but the ultimate goal is the same as in Poland. We want a certain breakthrough and progress in terms of the migration pact, pointed out the Czech Prime Minister. In this context, he added, asylum procedure at the borders, which will prevent the movement of illegal migrants within the territory of EU countries.
Fiala: we must tackle the problem of illegal migration
Prime Minister Fiala pointed out that we will find out in the coming months whether there will be an agreement on migration policy. – According to the available information, the EU parliament proposes a more open and liberal migration policy, which we view with skepticism as the Czech government. The agreement that we have prepared now is the first step that will help us prevent and reduce illegal migration, he said.
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– Together with Poland, we have a similar position on this matter, just like Denmarkor Austria. These countries are trying to go one step further and change our perspective on migration in Europe. We have to face the problem of illegal migration and deal with it outside the territory of the European Union, pointed out the Czech Prime Minister. He assured that “these are topics that we discuss openly, even if our current strategies are slightly different.”
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