During a telephone conversation with Ylva Johansson, the EU internal affairs commissioner, Mariusz Kamiński, Minister of the Interior and Administration, informed about the current situation on the Polish-Belarusian border, the Ministry of Interior informed. He also emphasized that, apart from the crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border, the fate of political prisoners in Belarus is also important, which requires increasing the participation of the entire European Union in the efforts to free them.
The European Commission will allocate EUR 200 million to secure the border with Belarus? Communication from the Ministry of Interior and Administration
Commissioner Ylva Johansson shared Poland’s position, pointing out that Belarus’s actions must meet with a firm response from the European Union, and the Lukashenka regime is responsible for the migration crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border. She also emphasized – as reported by the Ministry of Interior – that there is a possibility the European Commission provides EUR 200 million for Poland, Lithuania and Latvia for border security. On Wednesday, the German “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” also wrote about the same amount that would be transferred to the European Commission. As Deutsche Welle reported, the transfer of funds would be subject to certain conditions. “The EC, in return, expects these countries to check migrants’ entitlement to asylum” and to respond to the border situation “in accordance with fundamental rights”.
“The additional funds will not be used for the construction of fences or walls, but for monitoring and border patrol vehicles” – reported “FAZ”.
The Ministry of the Interior and Administration informed that during the meeting, Minister Mariusz Kamiński provided information on the recent events on the Polish-Belarusian border and the measures taken to ensure the security of the EU’s external border. He stressed that Poland “prevents illegal border crossing by migrants led by Belarusian services”. The Commissioner shared the Polish diagnosis of the situation and agreed on decisive action against the Lukashenka regime by imposing sanctions, as well as undertaking joint diplomatic actions in the country of origin of the migrants.
The head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration also noted that since the beginning of the crisis, Poland has been conducting a constant and extensive dialogue with various partners from the EU as well as from outside the Community, for example with Ukraine. In all these talks support for the actions of the Polish government was declared and understanding for the difficult and unprecedented situation at the border was expressed.
Granica Group’s appeal to create a humanitarian corridor
Due to the growing risk of an escalation of violence on the Polish-Belarusian border, the Granica Group appealed to national and international institutions, including the United Nations, the Ombudsman and the OSCE. Activists call for monitoring the situation and putting pressure on the Polish authorities to ensure that they immediately provide humanitarian and medical aid at the border. The government was also called upon to create a humanitarian corridor.
“Instead of illegal deportations, violence and ignoring the humanitarian crisis, we demand protection of life and health, opposition to torture, and protection and respect for the rights of migrants. We have a duty as a state to provide assistance to those exploited by the Lukashenka regime – international protection for people fleeing violence, persecution or the war, and for the rest of them a safe return home This is not only a moral imperative, but also an obligation under international law.
In the face of the real threat of an escalation of the situation on the border, we appeal to the government and the Border Guard, the Ministry of Interior and Administration and the Territorial Defense Forces to respect the basic principles of humanitarianism, to take actions to save the life and health of migrants, i.e. women, children, elderly people and men who flee countries affected by conflicts, persecution and destabilization.
There can be no violence or violations of human rights at the Polish border, which we have been observing for weeks. A safe border is one where migrants can count on protection. It’s one where no one dies. “