Greece is to station police officers at German airports as a “response” to the German decision to apply systematic checks to passengers on flights from Greece.
The responsibility of Greek police officers will be to assist their German colleagues in the control of travellers from Greece.
A similar practice has been applied by Germany and France for some years. Both countries have police “links” at the major airports of Greece and particularly at El. Venizelos airport, in Athens.
Kathimerini reports that the decision of the Greek government is a response to the reintroduction of border controls by Germany.
Berlin has accepted the request of the Greek authorities and it is expected that Greek officers will travel to Germany early next week.
In the meantime, officials from the ministry of citizen protection in Athens expressed their irritation at the extensive checks Greek nationals are subjected to in German airports, despite reassurances that these measures are temporary and discreet.
Speaking to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), the officials said that despite repeated talks between Alternate Citizen Protection Minister Nikos Toskas and German Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere, the situation has not improved.
During their talks, De Maiziere had promised that checks will be selective and will not affect EU citizens, as well as that they will be conducted within the Schengen control area of the airports and will also be discreet.