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14.11.2016 – Council - Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/1989 - Prolonging temporary internal border control

Schengen: Council recommends prolongation of internal border controls

On 11 November 2016, the Council adopted an implementing decision setting out a recommendation allowing for the prolongation of temporary internal border controls in exceptional circumstances.

"Our ultimate objective is to get back to Schengen as soon as possible. Although we are not there yet, the situation is improving. The prolongation will therefore be for three months only, and there will be more intensive reporting obligations compared to the previous period."

Robert Kaliňák, Slovak Interior Minister and the President of the Council

Starting from the date of the adoption, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway should prolong proportionate temporary border controls for a maximum period of three months at the following internal borders:

  • Austria at the Austrian-Hungarian land border and Austrian-Slovenian land border;
  • Germany at the German-Austrian land border;
  • Denmark in the Danish ports with ferry connections to Germany and at the Danish-German land border;
  • Sweden in the Swedish harbours in the Police Region South and West and at the Öresund bridge;
  • Norway in the Norwegian ports with ferry connections to Denmark, Germany and Sweden.

Before prolonging such controls, the member states concerned should exchange views with the relevant member state(s) with a view to ensuring that internal border controls are carried out only where it is considered necessary and proportionate. They should also ensure that internal border controls are only carried out as a last resort when other alternative measures cannot achieve the same effect.

The member states concerned should notify the other member states, the European Parliament and the Commission accordingly.

Border controls should be targeted and limited in scope, frequency, location and time, to what is strictly necessary to respond to the serious threat and to safeguard public policy and internal security resulting from the secondary movements of irregular migrants.

The member states that carry out these controls should review each week whether they are still necessary and adjust them to the level of the threat, phasing them out wherever appropriate. They should report to the Commission every month.

Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/1989 setting out a recommendation for prolonging temporary internal border control (322.27 ko)

Source : Council Press release - Schengen: Council recommends prolongation of internal border controls

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