Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the departure of a National Republican Guard (GNR) mission to Italy to support the Italian authorities in controlling European borders, José Luís Carneiro said that the process was underway and that deadlines were being met and added that the organisation's restructuring will be concluded “between the end of [March] and the beginning of April”.

At that time “we will have a closed solution”, said the minister.

Regarding the alleged lack of police at national airports, the minister countered that there are more police today than in 2019 and that this indeed “is objective data”.

“We have more police officers in 2023 than we have in 2019,” said the minister, adding that in 2022 around 2,000 personnel entered the Public Security Police and the National Republican Guard, plus 2,500 elements.

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