Austria has started preparing strict control measures at additional border crossings to Italy and Slovenia that could be implemented in case of increasing migrant arrivals, police announced Monday.
The latest security developments come as Austria's ongoing preparations at the Brenner mountain pass between Italy and Austria have irritated the government in Rome and the European Commission in Brussels, as controls at this key transit point could further erode Europe's borderless Schengen zone.
A tent for handling arrivals was being built at the Thoerl-Maglern crossing at the Austrian-Italian border, police spokesman Rainer Dionisio said, adding that a fence might also be raised.
Construction work has also begun at the Karawanks tunnel, which links Slovenia with Austria, he said.
Austrian authorities did not indicate when they would start checks at these border crossings, and Dionisio denied Italian media reports that controls at Thoerl-Maglern are imminent.