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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

Posts Tagged ‘Schengen Area’

European Parliament backs Schengen reform deal

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 giugno 2013

Freedom of movement within the Schengen area will be better protected thanks to MEPs’ input to the new Schengen governance rules. Inspection teams will in future be able to make unannounced visits to internal borders to halt any attempt to impose illegal checks. Free movement is the most positive outcome of 50 years of EU integration, said 62% of respondents to a recent Eurobarometer survey. The Schengen governance package, already agreed informally by Parliament and Council negotiators and endorsed by the full House on Wednesday, includes two regulations. One establishes a new EU-based Schengen evaluation mechanism to deal with critical situations and the other amends the Schengen Borders Code to lay down common rules for the temporary re-imposition of checks at internal borders in exceptional cases.For the first time, it will be possible for inspection teams to make unannounced visits to monitor any attempt to introduce illegal border checks at internal borders. When the teams visit external borders, the member state concerned should be notified 24 hours in advance. Inspection teams will include experts from the member states, the Commission and EU agencies and bodies.
The Schengen Borders Code (SBC) already allows internal border checks to be temporarily reimposed in exceptional circumstances that could constitute a serious threat to public policy or internal security.
The amended SBC stresses that any reintroduction of border controls at internal borders should remain an exception and should take place only as a measure of last resort, for a strictly limited scope and period of time, based on specific objective criteria and on an assessment of its necessity which should be monitored at Union level.In the event of a serious threat to public policy or internal security, checks could be reimposed for 30 days, and prolonged for up to six months. Where unforeseeable events require immediate action (e.g.. a terrorist attack), member states could re-impose border checks unilaterally, for up to 10 days. Any prolongation would have to be monitored at EU level.
“Migration and the crossing of external borders by a large number of third-country nationals should not, per se, be considered to be a threat to public policy or to internal security,” says the text.
Schengen candidate countries and those that are already members of the check-free area will be evaluated in the same way and subject to the same rules).The Schengen governance package is expected to be adopted formally by the Council in the autumn.Result of the votes: Schengen evaluation mechanism (Coelho report) adopted by 526 votes in favour, 101 against and 55abstentions; amendment to the Schengen Borders Code for the temporary reimposition of checks at internal borders in exceptional cases (Weber report) adopted by 506 votes in favour, 121against and 55 abstentions.

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SIS II starts its operations today

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 aprile 2013

“an enormous improvement for the security of EU citizens”, MEPs say The second generation of the Schengen Information System (SIS II) starts operating today, 9 April 2013. Its implementation will protect the free movement of citizens, reinforcing their security.Commenting on the start of operations of SIS II, Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs rapporteur Carlos Coelho (EPP, PT) and other Members of the European Parliament that have worked on this file, Ioan Enciu (S&D, RO) and Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE), said:”The Schengen Information System is by far the most important instrument for the security of the Schengen area, which is rightly considered the backbone of a Europe without borders and the area of freedom, security and justice. Today (9th of April) the second generation of the Schengen Information System will start operating – it is expected to operate 365 days a year, 24 hours per day.The Members of the European Parliament that have worked as rapporteurs and shadows on this file would like to highlight this major achievement. For several years, we have upheld the need for the establishment of a second generation of the SIS (so-called SIS II), not only because it will end the intergovernmental management and create a real European Schengen Information System.

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Schengen: stricter EU rules to prevent illegal border checks

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 30 novembre 2011

MEPs examine re-imposition of border checks in...

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A proposed EU-based system to monitor any attempt by Member States to introduce illegal checks at the EU’s internal borders was backed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday. It says that where a Member State seriously neglects its duty to enforce external border controls, despite EU support, specific measures, including closing a specific border crossing point with another Schengen country, could be taken “as a last resort”. Every year, EU citizens make over 1.25 billion journeys as tourists and or to visit friends and relatives across the EU without being held up by checks at its internal borders. The Schengen area also allows free movement for EU workers and third-country nationals legally staying within it. The new “Schengen evaluation and monitoring mechanism”, which takes up most of Parliament’s demands, is designed to maintain Member States’ mutual trust in their capacity to apply all Schengen provisions effectively and efficiently, thus making it possible to maintain a check-free zone. The current draft law – part of the Schengen governance package presented by the Commission in September and building on a previous (2010) proposal – aims to strengthen the existing mechanism for verifying Member States’ compliance with Schengen rules.”The new mechanism should help to reinforce the free movement of persons, be able to monitor any attempt to introduce illegal checks at internal borders, and to help to reinforce mutual trust by ensuring an effective control of the external borders by each Member State”, underlined Civil Liberties Committee rapporteur, Carlos Coelho (EPP, PT). Mr Coelho welcomed the Commission proposal as providing a legal basis that requires the use of the Parliament/Council co-decision procedure.
The new proposal would step up the frequency of on-the-spot inspections and introduce unannounced visits by Commission-led teams and experts from other Member States to verify that Member States are not imposing internal border checks in breach of Schengen rules.
Should a serious deficiency be found in the way that Schengen rules are enforced at external borders, support should be provided to the Member State concerned for a period of six months, MEPs say, including the help of the EU’s Frontex border agency and other EU agencies.This Civil Liberties Committee orientation vote gives Parliament’s rapporteur a mandate to start negotiations with Council.

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