European Commission proposes to extend internal Schengen border controls

  • Jan Merička
  • 29.9.2017 10:17

On Wednesday 27 September, the European Commission proposed to extend the maximum duration of internal border controls in the Schengen Area. Under this proposal, the member states could, in the event of a security threat, establish temporary internal border controls for up to three years. The Commission also stated the speed of EU's return policy is unsatisfactory and proposed to possibly strengthen the Naval and Border Guard to make it able to assist in coordinating return policy.

Aside from these proposals, the EC is working on creating a new readmission programme, which would open up a legal way to Europe to refugees who are eligible to be granted asylum. The proposal comes at a time when internal border controls are due to end in Germany, Austria, Denmark and Norway. These states established internal border controls in reaction to the migrant crisis and prolonged them every six months in accordance with Union law. Adopting the EC's proposal would mean extending the existing border controls until November 2018. According to the Commissioner for Migration and Internal Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos, this proposal primarily seeks to strengthen the internal security of the Schengen area, which, according to Avramopoulos, Bulgaria and Romania should also fully join.

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