Germans not respecting free movement principle, says Czech Interior Ministry

14-12-2008

Almost a year after the Czech Republic joined the Schengen border-free zone, the Czech authorities say neighbouring Germany is not respecting the principle of free movement. A Czech Interior Ministry spokeswoman said Germany was subverting free movement, which she described as one of the basic principles of Schengen. Following the closing of border stations, the German authorities began carrying out frequent and thorough controls some kilometres on their side of the frontier. Earlier this year the Czech Interior Ministry called on Czech citizens to complain about such practices.

Otherwise the ministry said it regarded joining Schengen on December 21 last year as a generally positive experience for the Czech Republic. Fears of difficulties with regards to security and migration have not been borne out, it said.