Austria to Continue Border Checks With Slovenia Until at Least May 2019

By , 12 Oct 2018, 18:00 PM Travel
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The Austria Press Agency (APA) reported yesterday that Vienna has decided to continue its current border check regime with Slovenia and Hungary for at least another six months. 

The APA quoted a document produced by Austria’s Interior Minister Herbert Kickl, as follows: “"Due to the large number of detentions of persons or asylum seekers who illegally entered or stayed in the republic, the Austrian Federal government has come to the conclusion that the situation is not stable enough. For this reason, Austria has decided to continue internal border controls with Slovenia and Hungary after November 11, 2018."

The current controls, which are still said to be temporary, were first introduced in September 2015 on the borders with Slovenia, Hungary, Italy and Slovakia. Under Article 25 of the Schengen Borders Code it is possible for member states to implement temporary checks at internal borders, as long as they notify the European Commission and receive approval for doing so. Austria sent a statement of intent to Brussels on Thursday, October 11.

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