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Schengen and asylum at council meeting

8 June 2012

Commissioner Malmström and French Minister Manuel Valls at the meeting. Photo: European Council

As EU Home Affairs ministers and Commissioner Cecilia Malmström met Thursday for the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting, the main point on the agenda was the functioning of the Schengen system for free movement. Last autumn, the Commission proposed measures to strengthen Schengen. However, Thursday's conclusions by the Council did not reach the ambitions of the Commission in ensuring an EU-based system.

"From the Commission's side, we have expressed disappointment. This is not as ambitious as we would have liked it to be," Cecilia Malmström said at the press conference after the meeting.

Tweeting the next day, Cecilia Malmström wrote:

"EU memory is short. One year ago, many countries worried about the future of Schengen and called for better rules. Now they think all is fine."

At the meeting, the development of the common European asylum system was also discussed, in particular the adjustments to the so-called Eurodac regulation proposed recently by the Commission.

More: Read the council conclusions and watch the press conference in full.