Wednesday, 04 May 2011
Swedish EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmstr�m is now proposing to make it easier to reintroduce border controls between EU countries in the Schengen passport union, after the Franco-Italian dispute over refugees from Tunisia.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi demanded last week that the Schengen rules on free movement between countries be limited and that member countries should have greater opportunities to set up border controls.
While the Italian government had begun to give the more than 25 000 Tunisian refugees who entered the country permitted to travel freely, the French government is to send back those who tried to cross the border.
The European Commission said on Wednesday that the French-Italian requirements for border controls can be deployed in other situations.
“It may be necessary to reintroduce border controls in exceptional cases, for example when the external borders would become under unexpectedly intense pressure, "said Cecilia Malmstr�m in a statement.
The Schengen rules on free movement between member states will be changed and will now be discussed at an extraordinary Migration meeting next week and during the EU summit in June.
Cecilia Malmstrom promises a long list of new proposals on immigration policy later in May.
There, the Commission will present the changes to the proposal for a common EU asylum policy.
By Scancomark.se Team