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EU agrees on Schengen reform

30.05.2013 From our online archive
The European Parliament, Council and Commission reached an accord on a reform of the Schengen agreement on Wednesday evening.

(CS) The European Parliament, Council and Commission reached an accord on a reform of the Schengen agreement on Wednesday evening.

In an official statement the European Parliament said that the right to move freely within the Schengen zone was strengthened by the reform, which will allow unannounced inspections of internal borders to halt attempts of illegal border checks.

Additionally, however, member states will be allowed to impose border checks for “last resort cases,” according to rapporteur Renate Weber, for example when there is a wave of illegal immigrants.

The Schengen governance package also includes an evaluation system to detech security risks “accurately, effectively, impartially and transparently,” added Carlos Coelho.

A vote on the package is expected in June or July.

The Schengen area includes 22 EU member states (all but the UK, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania), as well as four non-EU countries (Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland).