Schengen: new rules for temporary checks at national borders

Schengen 2018 EU

© European Union , 2011 / Source: EC – Audiovisual Service / Photo: Johanna Leguerre

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.


Internal border checks within the Schengen area would be limited to a maximum of one year, instead of the current two-year period, the Civil Liberties Committee agreed.

The Schengen Borders Code currently under revision allows member states to temporarily carry out checks at internal borders of the Schengen area, in the event of a serious threat to the public order or to internal security.

The Civil Liberties Committee agreed on Monday that:

  • the initial period for border checks for foreseeable events should be limited to two months, instead of the current six-month period, and
  • border checks cannot be extended beyond one year, halving the current maximum limit of two years.

MEPs in the Civil Liberties Committee also stressed that as the free movement of persons is affected by temporary border checks, these should only be used in exceptional circumstances and as a measure of last resort.

New safeguards for extensions

EU countries should provide a detailed risk assessment if temporary border checks are extended beyond the initial two months. This assessment should explain why alternative measures have proved to be insufficient and how border checks would help to address the identified threat. Neighbouring EU countries affected by the possible border checks should be involved in the risk assessment.

Furthermore, any subsequent extension of border checks beyond six months would require an opinion from the Commission and should be authorised by the EU Council of Ministers. MEPs also want the Parliament to be more informed and involved in the process.

Quote

Rapporteur Tanja Fajon (S&D, SI) said: “Six Schengen states have been illegally carrying out controls at internal borders lasting more than three years, despite a two-year maximum period. This shows how ambiguous the current rules are and how states misuse and misinterpret them. If we want to save Schengen, we need to put a stop to this and establish clear rules.”

Next steps

The draft report was adopted by 30, to 13, 12 abstentions.

The Full House will vote on the mandate to start informal talks with EU Ministers. The talks can start as soon as the Parliament adopts its position, as the Council has already agreed on its mandate.

Background

Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway currently have internal border checks in place due to the exceptional circumstances resulting from the unprecedented migratory crisis that started in 2015. In addition, France has internal border checks in place because of a persistent terrorist threat.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

‘Virtual Biopsy’ device detects skin tumours in 15 minutes

Will Cameron succeed in keeping UK inside the EU and reverse the present economic downturn?

Germany is trying to rescue its fabled forests from climate change

‘The clock is ticking’ on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, says UN deputy chief

FROM THE FIELD: Faces and Voices of Conflict

Fairer and clearer rules on social benefits for EU mobile workers agreed

Asylum: deal to update EU fingerprinting database

For resilient, sustainable city mobility after COVID-19, these trends must continue

The gateway to carbon pricing? Air pollution policy

These 2 teenagers have helped change the law on plastic pollution in Indonesia

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of joint control over INWIT by Telecom Italia and Vodafone, subject to conditions

The EU Commission vies to screen Chinese investment in Europe

Lebanon: EU delivers additional emergency assistance following the explosion in Beirut

EU Budget 2019 to focus on young people

EU budget: Stepping up the EU’s role as a security and defence provider

UN launches new fund to advance sustainable development in Aral Sea region

Euro-Mediterranean Assembly fixes its permanent seat in Rome

More effort needed to improve equity in education

National parks transformed conservation. Now we need to do the same for the ocean

JADE at European Business Summit 2015

Human rights breaches in Nigeria and Burundi

Ninja innovation and the future of work

UN chief urges Somalis not to be ‘deterred’ by latest deadly terror attack

Mexico: Helping refugees go into business, a ‘win-win situation’, says UNHCR’s Grandi

Telemedicine can be a COVID-19 game-changer. Here’s how

Some endangered languages manage to thrive. Here’s how

Migration and the climate crisis: the UN’s search for solutions

At G20 Summit OECD’s Gurría says collective action vital to tackle global challenges

Spirit unlimited

Yemen: Tackling the world’s largest humanitarian crisis

Central banking in times of complexity

Migration crisis update: lack of solidarity not only among EU leaders but also EU officials

LGBTQI+ and health care: do they deserve more attention from medical universities?

Azeri natural gas will keep the EU warm soon

Desires for national independence in Europe bound by economic realities

The use of technology in medicine: How to not deconstruct our ethics

How venture capital can transform global health

Can the US deal a blow to EU and Russia together over Ukraine?

The world must pull together to stem the urgent crisis in our ocean

A Sting Exclusive: “Our ambition is by 2020 Indonesia to become an emerging power of World’s Maritime Access”, reveals the Chargé d’Affaires at the Embassy of Indonesia in Brussels, treating WEF, ASEAN and EU-Indonesia relations on the eve of the World Economic Forum East Asia 2015 in Jakarta

Banking Union: Non-performing loans in the EU continue to decline

Malaria could make a comeback thanks to COVID-19

How to tackle the perils of air pollution

A world first: Women at the helm of every UN Regional Commission

How to prevent a suicide?

‘Massive and protracted’ humanitarian crisis in DR Congo can be ‘beaten back’ if donors step up

‘Historic’ moment: Palestine takes reins of UN coalition of developing countries

3 charts that show the economics of European football

ECB: Growth measures even before the German elections

How green investment will help Latin America and the world fight climate change

CLIMATE CHANGE FOCUS: The fruits of sustainability and decent work

5 things you need to know about water

How supply chain transparency can help businesses make the right calls

EU and U.S. castigate Facebook on Cambridge Analytica scandal as citizens’ data privacy goes down the drain again

Lack of involvement, or lack of opportunities?

We have a chance to build the gender-equal workplaces of the future. Here’s how

3 reasons why civil society is essential to COVID-19 recovery

Eurozone: Subdued inflation can lead to more recession

‘No steps taken’ so far to end Israel’s illegal settlement activity on Palestinian land – UN envoy

New UN poverty report reveals ‘vast inequalities’ between countries

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s