The Minister of defence of Austria Hans-Peter Doskocil announced the impending tightening of border controls on the border with Italy. According to him, as Reuters reports, the system will be similar to the existing frontier point of Spielfeld on the border with Slovenia and consist of fences, opening gates and stalls.
Doskocil said that work on construction of the new border centre has already begun, and tighter controls will be introduced depending on the number of workers and completion time of works on the centre. The deadline he called on June 1.
After the introduction of restrictions on the Balkan route of migration in Vienna expect in Italy this year will come by sea 300 thousand refugees. Both countries have promised that there will be flexibility in border control by increasing the intensity of the movement. Benderski pass is the main route from Italy to Germany through Austria. Passing through it every year about 2 million trucks.
The former head of the Italian branch of Deutsche Post Franco Santagata, now working as a consultant in logistics, explained to Reuters that the long queues at the pass will lead to delays in the delivery of goods and raise transport costs. In his opinion, if the result of the tightening of border controls will increase the travel time between Milan and Munich, the transport companies will have to raise the prices of their services.
The representative of the European Commission Natasha Berto stated that the plans of Austria is a serious concern, as “Benderski pass is important to the freedom of movement within the European Union”. She added that the EU was not informed about the Austrian initiative and learned about it from media reports.
Italian Minister for European Affairs Sandro gotsi also criticized the Austrian plan. “We will not solve the problem by constructing a makeshift wall. Vienna needs to reconsider its decision that runs counter to the letter and spirit of the European rules, as well as friendly relations between Italy and Austria”.
Last year in the European Union profit of about 1 million migrants went mainly to Germany and Sweden. The main route was through Turkey and the Aegean sea to Greece, and then through the Balkan countries, Hungary and Austria.
Transit States have tightened rules for crossing the border after similar measures adopted in Germany. Austria in 2015 has received 90 thousand applications for asylum and tries to reduce this year the number of applicants at least twice, says Deutsche Welle.
In February of Austria took the decision on introduction of border controls at the borders with Italy, Slovenia and Hungary. According to Austrian interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner, limits will be introduced on 12 border posts in the Federal provinces Carinthia, Styria, Tyrol and Burgenland.