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18 September, 1998
European Affairs Secretary General Stelios Perrakis told the ANA that the latest decision by the Schengen Treaty's executive committee, convened in Germany, on the creation of an ad hoc committee of experts was particularly positive.
The committee will visit Greece shortly to check whether the country's external borders and infrastructures at the country's airports fulfill Schengen preconditions.
Mr. Perrakis, a representative of Greece at Schengen's executive committee, said that on the basis of decisions taken at the meeting, the special experts who will visit Greece will prepare a report which will have to be examined by the executive committee at the next session in December.
This development confirms that time schedules agreed will be honored which anticipate the lifting of controls at the country's external borders and the full implementation of Schengen agreements by Greece as well during 1999.
Mr. Perrakis further said that preparations on infrastructures at five airports (Athens, Thessaloniki, Irakleio, Rhodes and Corfu) have gone ahead at a satisfactory rate, while preparations are also proceeding at the remaining external borders (land and sea). It is reminded that Greece has been partially implementing, with regard to the visa policy and the Schengen Informatics System (SIS), the Schengen Treaty since December 1997.
Source: Athens News Agency