Austria, Hungary and Serbia are again discussing the issue of immigration today. Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg and Interior Minister Gerhard Karner (both from the ÖVP) travel to Belgrade for a meeting with ministerial colleagues from Serbia and Hungary. It should deal with the details and concrete implementation of plans to reduce irregular migration on the Balkan route. Heads of government and heads of state agreed to increase cooperation on Monday.
In Belgrade, Schallenberg and Karner will meet with the Foreign Ministers of Hungary and Serbia Peter Szijjarto and Nikola Silakovic, as well as Serbian Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin, Finance Minister Sinisa Mali and Defense Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic. According to the Interior Ministry, this should include increased protection of Serbia’s border with North Macedonia, harmonization of Serbian visa regulations and support for Serbia in the return of migrants.
Serbia had already promised to tighten its visa rules at the meeting of Chancellor Karl Nehamer (ÖVP), Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Budapest on Monday. Among other things, people from India and Tunisia can currently enter Serbia without a visa and have recently been increasingly using smugglers to keep access to the European Union.
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