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A proposal for a stronger Schengen

16 September 2011

The Commission proposed today to strengthen the Schengen area to guarantee free movement for the hundreds of thousands of EU citizens and third countries' nationals travelling within this territory every day.

"With these proposals we are safeguarding the future of Schengen. We need to ensure sound Schengen governance based on clear and transparent rules to make the system more efficient. Our proposals will introduce a European decision making system which will reinforce trust among Member States and will make the Schengen area better equipped to cope with future challenges and unforeseen events. By reinforcing its European dimension we are protecting one of the most cherished achievements of the EU: the free movement of our citizens'' said Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Home Affairs.

Find more information on the website of the DG for Home Affairs.