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Malmström opens for EU border controls

Published: 04 May 2011 14:47 GMT+02:00
Updated: 04 May 2011 14:47 GMT+02:00

Swedish EU commissioner Cecilia Malmström has opened up to calls for simplifying the establishment of border controls between EU countries following the recent French-Italian conflict over Tunisian refugees.

“It may be necessary to foresee the temporary re-introduction of limited internal border controls under very exceptional circumstances, such as where a part of the external border comes under heavy unexpected pressure", Malmström said in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement is in response to demands last week by French president Nicolas Sarkozy and Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for restrictions to the free movability that the Schengen agreement entails.

Sarkozy and Berlusconi were united in the wish to make it easier to establish temporary border controls between member states following the heavy influx of African refugees to EU member states since the beginning of the year.

Today temporary border controls can only be established between member states in the case of a threat to the law and order of a society, like in the case of a major influx of hooligans before a big football game.

The changes to the Schengen agreement will be discussed at an extra meeting between EU migration ministers next week and at the EU Council at the end of June.

“Schengen and freedom of movement is an enormous achievement for EU citizens and must be preserved. However, Schengen requires the member states to trust each other and this can only happen if the regulations are applied effectively and properly monitored,” Malmström wrote on her blog on Tuesday.

Ahead of the council meeting, Malmström also promised a number of suggestions in a package of migration proposals to be released later on in May.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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14:57 May 4, 2011 by nickknock
It should be an easy policy. If they are from Tunisia, they should be deported immediately. If they are from Libya, they should be placed in detention, and awaiting detention until the conflict ends. .
15:00 May 4, 2011 by HYBRED
"...has opened up to calls ..." ? From whom?

Malmström also promised a number of suggestions in a package of migration proposals to be released later on in May.

If you have more than one proposal at a time, does it overload your circuits?
15:38 May 4, 2011 by Nemesis
Europe should accept no one, until the 30million unemployed in Europe have jobs.

Those that do come to Europe, should be made to swear an oath over riding all other oaths, religious and cultural beliefs that they will respect and defend the right of all European citizens to freedom of speech, democracy, womens rights, childrens rights, disabled rights, sexuality, gender identity, language, social status and uphold every human right enshrined in the European convention of human rights and those enforced by the European courts.

Anyone not respecting those rights, should be deported immediately to country of origin, regardless of origin.

That should be made apply to everyone entering Europe regardless of what country they come from, weather it be Libya, Tunisia, USA, China, Japan, India, Brazil, etc, etc. No exceptions should be made.
15:52 May 4, 2011 by Syftfel
I think Malmström is wrong. The original purpose of the Schengen agreement was that citizens of EU countries should be able to cross te borders without too much hindrance. A German crossing from France to Spain should be able to cross relatively painlessly. But when a Tunisian crosses from Denmark to Sweden he should be subject to full, and customary, border inspections, purpose of temporary visit, lenght of temporary stay, means of support during temporary visit, verifying of various law enforcement data bases, etc. etc. The only way to accomplish this is to re-introduce full internal border controls within EU. As events in recent yoyres have shown, not least in Sweden, it is an absolute abd irrevocable necessicity, in order to preserve national cohesion and to prevent total chaos and lawlessness. I don't mind showing a passport and being screened when I cross from Austria to Italy. Bring back border controls now! Spend money on this instead of the bottomless pit of social programs. Somebody please inom this Malmström.
16:21 May 4, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Denmark is also struggling with this issue because many East Europeans are entering Denmark to commit crime such as burglary, etc. Pia (of course) is trying to reintroduce some border control but of course the usual ad nauseam, ad infinitum, accusations of racism are raised up by those who hate Scandinavia and Scandinavian people.
16:53 May 4, 2011 by HYBRED
"entering Denmark to commit crime".

I thought they(East Europeans) entered Sweden to open night clubs and strip clubs.
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