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Refugee crisis: Back to Schengen


Ahead of the summit on 7 March, the Commission presents its proposal for restoring a fully functioning Schengen system and announces the first projects under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey. It also publishes the Turkey Visa Progress Report.

The creation of the Schengen area without internal borders has brought important benefits to European citizens and business alike, yet in recent months the system has been severely tested by the refugee crisis. Today the Commission has presented a detailed Roadmap of the concrete steps needed to return order to the management of the EU's external and internal borders. The Roadmap covers the following aspects:

  • Ensuring the protection of the external borders
  • Immediate support for Greece
  • Applying the rules and stopping the wave-through approach
  • Internal border controls: from a patchwork to a coherent approach
  • The objective would be to lift all internal border controls by December, so that there can be a return to a normally functioning Schengen area by the end of 2016.

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