Martin Vokálek, Executive Director of the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, commented on current events on the Belarus-Polish border. Precisely because of migration, Poland extended the state of emergency on the border with Belarus. The problem will be discussed by the European Parliament.
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Host: Can it be expected that it will only be a formal meeting of MEPs, is there any space or tool at all to contribute to resolving the situation?
Martin Vokálek: The topic of Belarus in the current negotiations is not one of the most important main topics that the European Parliament would discuss, but that topic is still important. About some instruments, I might expect that the European Parliament may recommend to the Council of the EU some intensification of the sanctions against Belarus and, possibly, some strengthening of border protection between Poland and Belarus. Yesterday, at the border, the director of Frontex met with a representative of the Polish Ministry of the Interior to discuss border control and agreed that it is relatively well secured, but the situation is, of course, still tense.
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