Bratislava, March 1 (TASR) – The 20 Slovak police officers deployed to take part in the border operations of EU agency Frontex have arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos and were welcomed by Slovak Ambassador to Greece Peter Michalko, TASR learnt from the press department of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry on Tuesday.
The Slovak specialists will form part of joint European efforts to support the Greek authorities in safeguarding the outer Schengen border in the waters of the Greek islands. “This is another form of Slovakia’s assistance to Greece in the context of handling the migration crisis,” stated the ministry.
According to the ministry, the current contribution increases Slovakia’s share in resolving the migration crisis that the entire EU is currently facing. In January, Slovakia sent 14 tonnes of humanitarian aid worth over €152,000 to Greece in order to help the country to cope with the influx of refugees and migrants.
“The Slovak side believes that efficient cooperation between European countries, the fulfilment of the EU-Turkey joint action plan, NATO’s involvement in operations to reduce and regulate migration flows and efforts of the international community to resolve crisis situations in regions close to the EU’s external borders will bring an improvement in the situation and a solution to the migrant crisis nearer,” stated the ministry.
The 20 members of the Slovak Police Corps who have been deployed within the international Operation Poseidon, left for Greece on Monday (February 29). During their one-month mission they will mainly register and collect fingerprints from refugees and migrants. Slovak police officers are also carrying out border protection activities in Macedonia, Slovenia and Hungary.