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Feb 21, 2017

Hungary forges partnership with Croatia to patrol borders of the two nations

Hungary and Croatia will work together to increase security without putting an extra burden on residents of the two countries. Border crossers will be checked regardless of whether they are entering or leaving the country

Hungary and Croatia are coming together to patrol the borders of the two nations, it has been revealed.

Hungary’s Interior Minister Sándor Pintér met Vlaho Orepic, his Croatian counterpart, for talks on “systematic border control” in Budapest, reports MTI.

Orepic said that under a new “systematic” method for controlling the border every entrant would be checked, which could lead to queues forming at crossing points. Parties at the talks agreed to take measures to prevent such inconveniences, he added.

Orepic thanked Pintér for Hungary’s support of Croatia’s accession to the passport-free Schengen Area.

Pinter said that the European Union has mandated the new border control regime, and Hungary and Croatia would work to use it as a means to increase security without putting an extra burden on residents of the two countries. He added that border crossers would be checked regardless of whether they are entering or leaving the country.

Under the new border regime, personal details of travellers entering or leaving the EU would be checked against the Schengen Information System and other databases to determine if their documents had been declared lost or stolen.

Under an agreement reached last December by the Council of Ministers, member states will also have to determine whether the traveller in question poses a threat to their country.