Prague offers Greece fingerprint device funds
12 February 2016 13:45 GMT

Prague has offered Greece 10 million crowns (US$418,000) in funds to buy fingerprint devices to register incoming migrants.

The Czech Republic would like to contribute to thorough checks of migrants in hotspots, detention centres where refugees should be registered, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said during a visit this week to Greece.

Zaoralek visited the Moria hotspot on Lesbos island on Thursday.

"The government has decided to provide the means for Greece exactly for the devices scanning fingerprints and enabling these data to be part of a European database," Zaoralek (senior government Social Democrats, CSSD) said.

Also this week, Zaoralek offered the same sum to the representatives of the Turkish province of Izmir where refugees are concentrated before leaving for Greece.

The European Commission (EC) said last month that Greece had serious shortcomings in the border protection, warning that Athens’ membership of the Schengen area could be suspended it the situation did not improve in the next three months.

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