Statement by José Manuel Barroso on the cross-border controls in Danemark, extracts from the EP press conference on the programme of the Polish Presidency
On 6 July 2011, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, made a statement on the cross-border controls in Denmark on the occasion of the EP press conference on the programme of the Polish Presidency.
Denmark decided to reintroduce frontier checks despite its membership of the European border-free Schengen area. Denmark's conservative Government ordered police officers to carry out random searches on the main motorway border crossing with Germany and on the frontier with Sweden, ostensibly to fight international crime.
Denmark has argued that the customs checks, aimed at curbing drugs, weapons and cash smuggling, respect the terms of Schengen and will not affect the majority of travellers. Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister, raised the issue as he presented the programme of Poland's EU Presidency to the European Parliament.
The European Commission which, as the enforcer of EU rules, has the power to sanction Denmark, has asked authorities there to explain their actions. SHOTLIST