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Polish-German border co-op center opens
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08:31, December 21, 2007

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A Polish-German cooperation center of border, police and customs services was opened in Swiecko, Lubuskie province on Thursday.

The ceremony was attended by Polish and German Ministers of Internal Affairs Grzegorz Schetyna and Wolfgang Shaeuble, Polish news agency PAP reported.

Minister Schetyna stressed the importance of the event in view of the enlargement of the Schengen zone. Minister Schaeuble added that lifting border control has a historic meaning as this step closes the chapter of a divided Europe.

The center, the biggest such center in the Schengen zone, will allow for information exchange and coordination of border region cooperation among all mentioned services.

Poland, together with eight new countries, is scheduled to enter the European Union's passport-free Schengen zone on the night of Dec. 20.

Source: Xinhua

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