“The Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic are no longer part of the eurozone,” Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Tuesday, referring to the two central European countries which are in a dispute over the Czech Republic’s position on Slovakia’s future membership of the European Union.
The Czech Republic has a special economic zone (SEZ) with Slovakia, and the two countries are both members of the single currency area.
Sobotkea said Slovakia’s new constitution, passed in June, has no reference to Slovakia’s membership in the European Community and that Slovakia will be “an independent country in its own right”.
“It’s the Slovaks fault that the European Commission does not provide Slovakia with the necessary tools to achieve membership of Schengen,” Sobotki said, adding that Slovakia would have to follow the law in this respect.
Slovakia is due to hold a national election on Sunday, and has been accused of refusing to recognise its own citizenship.
Czech Prime Minster Bohusav Sobotkau told the parliament that Slovakia was “ready to continue to negotiate” with the bloc in the face of the bloc’s decision to leave the Schenge zone.
The EU’s decision on the Czechs membership of its new financial zone has sparked criticism from Slovakia and other Central European countries, which argue that they are not being treated equally under Schenges rules.
“They are in the wrong and are not receiving the necessary guarantees to stay in Schenged,” Sobota said, referring back to Slovakia having a special trade zone with the Czech republic.
Sobota also accused the Czech government of “a lack of respect for the European legal system”.
Slovakia’s Finance Minister Milan Borovský said Slovakia is “still the only EU member state that has not been recognised by the EU”.