Poland wants to build a permanent fortification on the border with Belarus without EU funds. If there should be financial support from Brussels, then his country will accept these funds, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday in Warsaw, according to the PAP news agency. “However, we are not dependent on the EU.” Nevertheless, the border protects not only Poland from illegal migration, but the entire EU.
The governments of Germany and Poland are accusing the Belarusian ruler, Alexander Lukashenko, of bringing refugees from crisis regions to the EU’s external border in an organized manner. Lukashenko announced at the end of May that he would no longer prevent migrants from continuing to travel to the EU – in response to tightened Western sanctions against the former Soviet republic.
Since the beginning of the year, Poland’s border guards have registered 26,000 attempts to illegally cross the border, 14,200 of them in October alone. The parliament in Warsaw therefore decided two weeks ago to build a “solid, high barrier” equipped with a surveillance system and motion detectors.
The CSU European politician Manfred Weber called on the EU in the “Bild” to support the affected EU states “with staff and money for their border control. … This of course also includes support for the construction of a fence, if necessary, ”he said. The EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen had refused. (APA / Red)