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Cooperation in The Area of Traffic Control

The ministers of interior discussed how to make regional cooperation more efficient, topics included the highway patrol, highway security and the small border traffic, together with the expectations of the Schengen Agreement.

The cooperation in the area of traffic control began on 22 April 2005 with the meeting of the ministers of interior in Budapest. In advance at the meeting of experts at the Ministry of Interior an agreement had been concluded about the necessity of the cooperation which specified the fields of cooperation and given concrete suggestions of the minister’s meeting.

From the Hungarian side, the following suggestions were introduced concerning the traffic control:

  • unified approach at the performance of the traffic checks (by concentrating on the highest risk factors and using the same kind of sanctions)
  • introducing the “objective responsibility” as regards infringements of traffic control
  • initiative of the most advanced traffic control systems
  • more efficient action against the foreign traffic violators (necessity of bilateral agreements, etc.)
  • the further deepening of relations, professional exchange, and education of the best practical solutions through the exchange of policemen who speak foreign languages.

At the ministers of interior meeting in Budapest an agreement was concluded about the establishment of a “traffic control contact network” through the SF countries, which would help the daily share of information and the professional experiences, plus the experts exchange.

This would be the beginning of all the actions, which would help to reach further goals.

On Slovakian initiative the ministers also agreed on common traffic controls. The first action called “Hawk” was made 6–11 June 2005 with great success. This was the first common traffic control action made by 6 EU countries. The second action was at the end of July 2005, which was organized by the Hungarian police.

After the success of these actions, if the ministers approve this suggestion the further traffic control actions would be organized, coordinated and evaluated by the Hungarian police department of traffic control according to the preliminary agreement of the international partners. Next to the common traffic controls personal discussions and professionals meetings are needed in every year or half year. (The above mentioned suggestions were realized at the next meeting of ministers of interior in Graz at the 28–29 July 2005. Hungary took on the execution of the future traffic control actions, and Poland, under its half year of presidency of the SF, would plan the meeting of experts.)

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