Prague - Joint Czech-Saxon police teams will fight against drug crime in border areas, according to an agreement on cooperation signed by Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) and Saxon Minister-President Stanislaw Tillich today.
Zleva saský ministr vnitra Markus Ulbig, saský premiér Stanislaw Tillich, ministr vnitra Milan Chovanec a premiér Bohuslav Sobotka vystoupili na tiskové konferenci 17.července v Praze po podpisu společného prohlášení o zamýšlené spolupráci v oblasti veřejného pořádku a bezpečnosti mezi ministerstvy vnitra ČTK Šulová Kateřina
Along with the Czech and Saxon interior ministers, they also agreed that information exchange between both countries and policemen's language training should be intensified.
Saxony as well as Bavaria face problems with more and more pervitin (methamphetamine) hard drug being smuggled there from the Czech Republic in the past few years.
"Today's agreement is the beginning of a quite lengthy and expensive path. However, results must be seen at its end," Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec (CSSD) said today.
He added that the Czech Republic had lagged behind in the fight against drug crime, but now it started working more intensively.
Chovanec said the Czech Republic was preparing similar documents with Bavaria. Both German federal lands that are the Czech Republic's neighbours complain about growing drug-related crime.
Saxony's Interior Minister Markus Ulbig said the police border cooperation and exchange of information was a way towards solving the problem.
Ulbig said in past years, understanding had considerably improved.
The police use English as the basic means of communication, Ulbig said.
However, there is also an increasing number of Czechs who speak German and vice versa, he added.
The new agreement focuses on suppression of organised and property crime, Chovanec added.
The Czech and Saxony prime and interior ministers also agreed that Poland should be involved in the cooperation as well since raw material for drugs come from it.
Pseudoephedrine-based medicines, used for pervitin production, can be freely bought without a prescription in Polish pharmacies.
Tillich said a common European approach must be applied in this matter, in other words, that these medicines should be available on prescription only in the whole EU. He added that smuggling of them from Romania and Bulgaria should be prevented as well.
Sobotka and Tillich said both countries would like to cooperate not only in the suppression of crime but also in prevention. Tillich said Germany would need a broad educational campaign to point out the risks of pervitin use.
They also discussed the rail and road connections.
Sobotka said it was vital for the Czech Republic that a prospect of high-speed rail connection between Prague, Dresden and Berlin existed.
He said the Czech Republic would like to put into operation a section of the D8 motorway near Usti nad Labem, north Bohemia, by mid-2016.
A rockfall damaged it. The repair work at the place of the accident will start later this year.