Czech Republic plans to contribute €900,000 to ease migration crisis in Libya

  • Dominika Jandová
  • 25.7.2017 07:59

On Monday 24 July the Czech Republic's government approved a contribution of €900,000 to support Libyan coast and naval guards, making the country the largest contributor to these activities within the EU, according to Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka.

This is one of the forms of assistance by the Czech Republic to reduce illegal migration across the Mediterranean Sea. The voluntary donation to EU, which mainly comes from the Ministry of the Interior's budget, follows other offerings of help not only to Libya but also Italy. Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec offered to send Czech policemen to Italy or help with construction of facilities for foreigners. However, Italian Prime Minister Paulo Gentiloni told the V4 countries that Italy will not accept any lecturing, and rejected their requests to close a port down for migrants. The Czech Republic continues to refuse migration quotas when their fulfilment is strongly demanded by Italy, the country most affected by migration. According to Minister Chovanec, there is currently no one in either Italy or Greece who would meet conditions for relocation. On the same day, the Czech government also approved the creation of funding to help improve the protection of soft targets.

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