Migration and Home Affairs

Back to Schengen: Commission recommends phasing out of temporary border controls over next six months

The Commission is today recommending that Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway phase out the temporary controls currently in place at some of their internal Schengen borders over the next six months.

Whilst the overall situation continues to stabilise, there are still a significant number of irregular migrants and asylum seekers in Greece. That is why, as a precautionary measure and whilst alternatives are put in place, the Commission is recommending that the Council prolong controls for the last time, meaning they will have to be lifted in six months' time. During this time, as in the previous periods, controls should only be carried out in a targeted and limited manner and only as a means of last resort. At the same time, the Commission is calling on Member States to increasingly make use of alternative measures that can provide the same level of security, such as proportionate police checks in border areas and along main transport routes. To that effect, the Commission has today also presented a Recommendation on proportionate police checks and police cooperation in the Schengen area.

For more information:

  • IP/17/1146: Back to Schengen: Commission recommends phasing out of temporary border controls over next six months
  • MEMO/17/1147: Questions & Answers: Temporary internal border controls, proportionate police checks and police cooperation in the Schengen area
Tuesday, 2 May, 2017