Norbert Hofer: Austrian minister warns against controls on Brenner

In the Austrian government there are different views on border controls: the Chancellor is threatening that the transport minister fears economic damage.

Norbert Hofer: Austrian minister warns against controls on Brenner

The possible permanent border controls on burner could cause considerable economic damage to Austria's transport minister Norbert Hofer. "That would undoubtedly be a disaster," said politician of right-wing populist fpoe. For every detour via Switzerland, driving companies per truck would have to pay about 100 euros more toll.

After compromise between CDU and CSU in inner German asylum dispute, Austrian Government had not ruled out its own national measures at national borders. It was set out to take measures in particular to protect sourn borders, it was said in a published statement. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) had said on several occasions that border controls on Italian-Austrian border pass Brenner were also debated.

The CDU and CSU want to establish transit centres for refugees already registered in or EU countries on German-Austrian border. From se centres, asylum seekers are to be rejected directly in relevant countries – if re are appropriate agreements. The SPD coalition partner has not yet decided wher he will agree to this Regulation. It is also uncertain that or states agree.

Hofer said that we had to wait and see how Germany would actually decide. The moment German border is closed, his country will take similar measures on sourn boundary. However, he was optimistic that a solution would be found. The German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) is expected to talk to Chancellor shortly in Vienna on Thursday.

Date Of Update: 05 July 2018, 12:02

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