Slovak foreign minister criticises Canada’s decision to reinstate visas for Czech nationals

14-09-2009

The Czech Republic’s neighbour (and former federation partner) Slovakia has criticised a decision by Canada, taken in July, to reinstate visas for Czech nationals. The country’s foreign minister Miroslav Lajčák said at the start of a meeting of EU ministers in Brussels on Monday that Bratislava would do everything in its power to turn the situation around. Mr Lajčák said in a statement that Slovakia would be among those pushing strongly for ‘European solidarity’ in the case. Canada reinstated visas for Czech nationals after almost two years of visa-free relations, as a result of a marked rise in the number of applications for asylum – mostly from within the Roma community.