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Securing EU borders

On 15 December 2015, the European Commission adopted an important set of measures to manage the EU’s external borders and protect the Schengen area without internal borders. The proposals will help to manage migration more effectively, improve the internal security in the EU and safeguard the principle of free movement of persons. The Commission proposes a European Border and Coast Guard to ensure strong and shared management of the external borders. The Commission also proposes to amend the Schengen Border Code in order to introduce, at the external borders of the EU, systematic checks against relevant databases for all people entering or exiting the Schengen area. A uniform European travel document for return will facilitate effective return of illegally staying third country nationals.

The Commission also presented a Recommendation for a voluntary humanitarian admission scheme with Turkey. If the irregular flows into Europe through Turkey are successfully reduced, Member States are invited to admit from Turkey persons in need of international protection who have been displaced by the conflict in Syria and who were registered by Turkish authorities before 29 November 2015.

The European Commission also adopted a Practical Handbook for implementing and managing the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR), two Progress Reports on the Implementation of the hotspots in Greece and in Italy and a Progress Report on the management of the refugees' crisis on the Western Balkans route.

In addition, the Commission published the 8th biannual report on the functioning of the Schengen area and State-of-play reports on the refugee crisis.

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Legislative documents

  • European Border and Coast Guard
    Proposal for a Regulation pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Border and Coast Guard and repealing Regulation (EC) No 2007/2004, Regulation (EC) No 863/2007, and Decision 2005/267/EC. (Annex pdf - 125 KB [125 KB] )
  • European travel document for the return of illegally staying third-country nationals
    Proposal for a Regulation pdf - 213 KB [213 KB] of the European Parliament and of the Council on a European travel document for the return of illegally staying third-country nationals. (Annex pdf - 209 KB [209 KB] )
  • Movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code)
    A Proposal pdf - 241 KB [241 KB] amending Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Community Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code)
  • A European Border and Coast Guard and effective management of Europe's external borders
    Communication pdf - 355 KB [355 KB] - A European Border and Coast Guard and effective management of Europe's external borders
  • Hotspots in Greece
    Communication pdf - 286 KB [286 KB] - Progress Report on the Implementation of the hotspots in Greece (annex pdf - 218 KB [218 KB] )
  • Hotspots in Italy
    Communication pdf - 266 KB [266 KB] - Progress Report on the Implementation of the hotspots in Italy (annex pdf - 308 KB [308 KB] )
  • Temporary suspension of Sweden’s obligations under the EU relocation mechanism
    Proposal pdf - 122 KB [122 KB] for a Council Decision establishing provisional measures in the area of international protection for the benefit of Sweden in accordance with Article 9 of Council Decision (EU) 2015/1523 and Article 9 of Council Decision (EU) 2015/1601 establishing provisional measures in the area of international protection for the benefit of Italy and Greece
  • Voluntary humanitarian admission scheme with Turkey
    Commission Recommendation pdf - 446 KB [446 KB] български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) for a voluntary humanitarian admission scheme with Turkey.
  • Report pdf - 292 KB [292 KB] from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the follow-up to the Leaders’ Meeting on refugee flows along the Western Balkans Route (annnex pdf - 133 KB [133 KB] )
  • Proposal pdf - 462 KB [462 KB] for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EC) No 768/2005 establishing a Community Fisheries Control Agency (Text with EEA relevance)
  • Proposal pdf - 457 KB [457 KB] for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1406/2002 establishing a European Maritime Safety Agency (Text with EEA relevance)

Press material

  • IP/15/6327: A European Border and Coast Guard to protect Europe’s External Borders
  • MEMO/15/6332: Q&A: The European Border and Coast Guard
  • IP/15/6324: Implementing the European Agenda on Migration: Progress Reports on Greece, Italy and the Western Balkans
  • IP/15/6329: Commission proposes temporary suspension of Sweden’s obligations under the EU relocation mechanism
  • IP/15/6330: Commission presents Recommendation for a Voluntary Humanitarian Admission Scheme with Turkey for refugees from Syria