Referring to the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border, European Commission spokesman Adalbert Jahnz said on Friday that “Polish authorities are faced with an exceptionally difficult situation”. There is a group of migrants in the border zone who, according to the Polish authorities, were placed there by the regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenka as part of the “hybrid war”. The spokesman of the European Commission assessed that border protection is of key importance, but “it should not take place at the cost of human life”.
European Commission spokesman for migration, Adalbert Jahnz, said on Friday at a press conference in Brussels that “Polish authorities are faced with an exceptionally difficult situation on the border with Belarus.”
– This situation was created by the attempt to instrumentalise people for political purposes. In this context, it is crucial for Poland to be able to effectively perform tasks related to border defense. However, this should not be at the expense of human life. We are calling on the authorities of the Member State to provide people at the border with the necessary care and support, said Jahnz.
EC spokesman on the possible use of Frontex
The Ombudsman also recalled the position of European Union Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson, who believed that “it would be a good idea for the common border to be protected by common measures.” In this case, they could be provided by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex).
– But a member state would have to ask for it – the representative of the European Commission said. He informed that this would be one of the topics of the telephone conversation between Commissioner Johansson and the head of the Polish Ministry of Internal Affairs, Mariusz Kamiński. The date of the interview is currently being arranged.
A state of emergency at the Polish border with Belarus
A state of emergency has been in force since September 2 in the border zone with Belarus, i.e. in part of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie provinces. It covers 183 towns. It was introduced for 30 days under the ordinance of President Andrzej Duda, issued at the request of the Council of Ministers. Government officials justified the need to introduce a state of emergency with the situation on the border with Belarus, where Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime is waging a “hybrid war” and the Russian-Belarusian Zapad military exercises taking place in the first half of September.
There are a number of restrictions on civil rights in the area covered by the state of emergency, and the media, for example, are not allowed to work. All information from this area is communicated to the public by official agents.
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