Five countries put forward terrorist threat to justify furr exceptions to Schengen
The circulation without barriers within EU is confronted with new obstacles. A group of five countries, led by Germany and France, proposes to expand from two to four years, border controls in exceptional to brand law. The initiative hides behind “terrorist threat long-term” that is facing Europe, but countries that defend coincide in good measure with those who have applied or still apply border checks by immigration crisis. Brussels is reluctant to admit more exceptions to code of Schengen.
The combination of two different phenomena, migration and terrorism, is putting to test one of symbols most highly prized of european integration: free movement in Schengen area. Germany, France, Austria, Denmark and Norway (country outside EU, but integrated into Schengen area) and ask rest of Europe more margin to control internal borders of this territory, free circulation of passports.
The proposal is contained in a document, which has had access to THE COUNTRY, referred to rest of States. The Interior ministers gar Thursday in Brussels to discuss immigration and terrorism. Schengen is not on agenda, although it is possible to address in an informal manner.
in wake of terrorist attacks that shook Paris in 2015, France began to apply border controls in exceptional, which also spread to or countries. The example welled in 2016, but for different reasons. The influx of immigration led to Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Norway (almost same Governments that are now requesting more manga wide) to generalize se controls in some of its border crossings, a measure that still remain despite fact that pressure of arrivals of foreigners has decreased significantly.
Reticence in Brussels
In full swing of landings in soil community, EU expanded from six months to two years period in which border guard may require identification to those who cross from one country to anor in space of free movement, formed by 22 EU countries plus four ors in europe (Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein). The axis franco-German believes that it is not enough. “The limitation [current] does not respond to needs in context of a terrorist threat long-term,” argues document, barely three pages. The five countries are asking Commission to present legislation to amend code of Schengen, which is now fixed limitations at a maximum of 30 days, renewable in principle for up to six months. Only in exceptional circumstances may be extended for up to two years. The new proposal places initial period of three months, extendable up to two years, with an additional extension of two or in extreme cases.
The initiative, dated September 5, occurs shortly before expiry of last approval was granted by European Commission to border controls in five States that apply from immigration crisis: Germany, Denmark, Austria, Sweden and Norway. Although legally selective controls could be extended until may 2018, Brussels and was very reluctant to authorize such a last exception to Schengen. The reason for this is that reasons given for m — lack of control of borders in Greece, also a member of Schengen area— are today difficult to sustain. But five countries are reluctant to relinquish this instrument, which allows m to check traffic at some border crossings without having to justify it.
to see how to receive or countries initiatives of this hard core. Some, such as Spain or Italy, do not sympathize with exceptions to Schengen, but in current context no one is opposed categorically to a greater margin of performance. The european commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, slid few days ago that se inspections should end by beginning of November, date on which expires current permission.
in order To mitigate feeling that legal change required involves opening door at end of Schengen, document of five countries he adds that only y would resort to four years in face of “threats of serious and long-term internal security”.