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18 Sep 2017

The EU: To keep border control checks in the Schengen Area for at least two other years

The EU: To keep border control checks in the Schengen Area for at least two other years


The postponement of temporary internal border control checks, reintroduced in 2016 in the passport-free Schengen Area, is likely to happen for at least another two (2) more years to prevent any terrorist act – said Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos of the European Commission.

According to what he said once he spoke with the EU interior ministers, the Schengen Area has to be reorganized as regards of security issues. He mentioned that a new way to handle progressing security challenges, referring to the terroristic acts in Spain and Finland, France, Belgium, Germany and other Schengen countries, is on the way.

Avramopoulos confirmed that such update in security issues is about to start happening as of October 2017, to continue at least for another two (2) more years. The European Commission, he said, will propose a new package of measures for dealing with the security problems of the Schengen, agreeing that the existing measures are not reaching to properly hold the current security challenges of the area.

As the situation is now, internal border checks can be introduced for a period of six (months) up to two (2) years from any Schengen member country, whenever a danger from terrorism is present.

While, new measures allow countries to recall border checks for a minimum two (2) up to four (4) years in dangerous security situations.

At the moment, France is expected to give an end to its internal border check in October, and Germany, Denmark, Austria, Sweden and Norway in 11 November 2017. All these EU countries are persistent on their readiness to keep the systematic ID checks in their internal borders, as the premier way to a strong and safe area, considering the long-term risk of the terrorism.

There are opposing views about the new proposal, thinking that further lengthening of the border control checks would harm the Schengen Area freedom and unity.

While French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb considers that safety of the area should be the first to be looked for, before the free movement.

Slovak Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák, on the other hand,  believes that there is not any urgent need to continue with border controls, and it perceives this new plan as a political matter.

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