Europe slipping out of the Schengen principle by accepting the introduction of border control


Friday, 24 June 2011
Internal border controls will be temporarily allowed in the Schengen Union in extreme situations. This is the believe of EU leaders who gathered in Brussels on Friday. Also despite stiff opposition the fixed targets to the common asylum system will be introduced next year.

“Every time migration issues come up in these meetings there is always the tendency for discussion,” said Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.


The issue of internal border controls was hot in the spring, then, France started to control its border with Italy to stop the Tunisians from coming in their drove to seek for jobs in France.
Denmark followed recently with the adoption of rules which is still debatable in the Danish parliament about border controls. The Danish action ignited the inflamed emotional situation further by confirming that they would go head with a tighter border controls.  Although they claim that their control is only geared towards customs.

On Friday, as the EU leaders ended their summit, one issue that they pondered on was the introduction of a mechanism within the Schengen Union, where border controls can be temporarily set up in extreme situations, and the countries themselves will have to define a situation or whether it should be on a common EU level.

The meeting was also committed to a common and uniform asylum system to be introduced next year, something Sweden has been fighting for.
While there are few areas that are so sensitive in the EU countries, asylum and migration policy and obstacles look like enormous, not least because the new asylum rules must not result in increased costs for the member countries.
By Team

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