Kalinak: Most Security Forces Ever to Safeguard EU Summit

The police operations centre for the Bratislava EU summit. (Photo by TASR)

Bratislava, September 14 (TASR) – The highest number of security forces ever in Slovakia will be engaged in safeguarding the informal EU summit in Bratislava on Friday, Interior Minister Robert Kalinak said at a press briefing on Wednesday.

Several thousands of police officers, soldiers and firefighters will be deployed in Bratislava during the summit. Nonetheless, Kalinak refused to provide any specific figures, citing security reasons.

At the same time Kalinak called on people from outside Bratislava not to travel to the capital if possible. Meanwhile, residents of Bratislava would do better if they used the extended four-day weekend – involving a public holiday of Our Lady of Sorrows on Thursday – to spend Friday outside the capital. “It will make the situation easier not only for us but also for them,” said Kalinak.

The interior minister pointed out that the traffic restrictions on Friday will be massive. Some key roads will be closed entirely at times, while others may become jammed. “The penetrability of Bratislava will be really minimal,” he said.