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News | 15/12/2015

A common approach to managing Europe’s external borders

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In a spirit of shared responsibility, the Commission has today adopted substantial new measures setting out a common approach to managing Europe's external borders and preserving the security of the internal Schengen area of free movement.

At the heart of today’s package is the creation of an European Border and Coast Guard and a targeted revision of the Schengen Borders Code to allow for systematic security checks at the EU’s external borders. The Commission has also reported on progress made by Greece and Italy in implementing the Hotspot system, and the steps taken by countries on the Western Balkans' route following October's Leaders Meeting. In this context, the Commission has proposed a temporary suspension of Sweden's obligations under the EU relocation scheme. Finally, the Commission has proposed a voluntary humanitarian admission scheme with Turkey.

Today's key proposals include:

  • A Communication and Regulation on the European Border and Coast Guard
  • A targeted revision of the Schengen Borders Code
  • A Progress Report on Hotspot implementation in Greece
  • A Progress Report on Hotspot implementation in Italy
  • A Progress Report on implementation of the Western Balkans Leaders' Statement
  • A Voluntary Humanitarian Admission Scheme with Turkey
  • A Proposal to temporarily suspend Sweden's participation in the EU relocation scheme

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