RIA Novosti. The European Commission has come up with proposals to reform the Schengen area. In the new development strategy, they want to take into account the lessons of the coronavirus pandemic and the migration crisis at the borders of the EU countries and Belarus.
The Schengen reform was announced last fall. As the head of the EC Ursula von der Leyen noted, it implies the preservation of free movement within the Schengen area while tightening control along its perimeter.
“The proposed changes are aimed at strengthening coordination within the EU and will provide states with better tools to deal with the complexities of managing the EU’s common external borders, as well as internal borders in the Schengen area,” the statement reads.
In the event of a migration crisis, like the situation on the border of Belarus with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, the following measures are proposed: reduce the number of existing checkpoints, strengthen measures to protect the EU’s external border, and consider refugee applications for asylum right on the border territory.
In addition, the European Commission calls on EU members to conclude or update bilateral agreements on readmission, to establish more effective cooperation between law enforcement agencies in the border areas. According to the EC, this will help, for example, to deport illegal migrants not outside the European Union, but to the European country from which the violator directly arrived.
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