After talks between Czech and Hungarian Prime Ministers, the government approved their deployment in Hungary on Monday.
Interior Minister Jan Hamáček confirmed that police officers would start their two-month mission in the region on 15 October. The total cost of the mission is estimated to reach €2 million.
Czech police officers and military troops were deployed in Hungary during the migration crisis in 2015. Apart from Hungary, Czechia has its police contingents in North Macedonia and Slovenia.
“The Czech Republic clearly shows that even if we have no external Schengen border, we have solidarity and help at external borders,” Hamáček said.
The Czech government decided to send police officers to Hungary amid the election campaign. A week ago, Babiš met with his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orbán at the Serbian border where they criticised the EU for its weak protection of the bloc’s external borders.
The fight against illegal migration is topping the agenda of current Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. Deployment of Czech officers at the Hungary-Serbia border could bear political fruit ahead of elections taking place 8-9 October.
(Aneta Zachová | EURACTIV.cz)