December 18, 2015 11:48 am
Following the migration crisis and the Paris attacks, where two of the suspects entered the European Union pretending to be refugees, the EU is considering a plan to introduce a “permanent external border control force“. This is why one of the most important things which are currently happening in the EU concerns its so-called “external borders”. Indeed, the European Commission is trying to adopt a set of urgent measures to manage those borders and protect the Schengen area (the zone comprising the 26 European countries that have abolished any type of border control at their common borders) without internal borders.
This very recent proposal should “help to manage migration and improve the internal security of the EU” – while, at the same time, safeguarding the principle of free movement of persons. In order to do so, the Commission would turn Frontex (European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union) into a common European Border and Coast Guard body, as well as introduce “systematic checks against relevant databases for all people entering or exiting the Schengen area”. It also proposed to establish a European return office within the new agency.
In the meantime, Slovenia is still said to be building “obstacles” on its border with Croatia – even if Miro Cerar, Slovenian prime minister, said that the frontier with Croatia won’t be really closed. Being part of Europe’s passport-free Schengen zone, in fact, the country struggled enough with the passage of over 170,000 migrants in the last months only, and especially since Hungary closed its border with Croatia. Cerar already commented that the measures were “aimed at avoiding a humanitarian disaster”.
External borders, according to IATE, are “Member States’ land borders, including river and lake borders, sea borders and their airports, river ports, sea ports and lake ports, provided that they are not internal borders” – meaning that they consist of the borders with the countries which are not members of the European Union.
- European Parliament News. 2015. Broad backing for EU external border force plan. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/20151210IPR06845/Broad-backing-for-EU-external-border-force-plan. [Accessed 18 December 15].
- The Telegraph. 2015. Refugee crisis: Slovenia to build ‘temporary obstacles’ on its border with Croatia. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/slovenia/11987447/Refugee-crisis-Slovenia-to-build-temporary-obstacles-on-its-border-with-Croatia.html. [Accessed 18 December 15].
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Written by Eva Barros Campelli
Communication trainee at TermCoord
Italian journalist – trained at the London School of Journalism
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