Central Europe states worried by migration create Friends of Schengen group in EU

Friday, December 4, 2015

The prime ministers of four central European countries say they want to preserve the European visa-free Schengen zone that is threatened by the current wave of migrants.

After meeting his counterparts from Hungary, Poland and Slovakia in Prague on Thursday, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said the four have agreed to create a "Friends of Schengen" group in the EU.

The group should "intensively work for the European Union to be effectively able to protect the outer Schengen border."

Viktor Orban says: "We would like to maintain the freedom of movement" in the EU. Orban says he doesn't know how many will join the initiative, but "I think it will be a lot of us."

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico says he has doubts some countries are able to do their job properly to guard the border. He named Greece as an example, adding the four countries are ready to help.

The four countries oppose an EU mandatory plan to distribute migrants among members of the bloc.



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