EU Internal border checks are likely to continue for some years:


Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, told the press on Wednesday 27 September that some reforms are needed to address the evolving security threats in EU states. The latest proposal included introducing a new article (27a) into the code that would allow EU states to prolong border checks for up to a maximum of three years. The EU commission is at pains to keep internal borders open in the Schengen passport-free area, while at the same time balancing government demands for more police checks and border stops. Avramopoulos has in the past warned the end of Schengen would spell the end of the European Union, but border controls have been reintroduced and prolonged almost 50 times since September 2015, compared to only 36 such cases between 2006 and 2015. The original plan was to have them lifted by the end of 2016, but the EU commission continues to grant extensions despite the vague reasons provided by EU states to justify them. The EU commission plans to beef up oversight and increase procedural rules that impose greater demands on member states before they can launch the new-model checks.

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