LUXEMBOURG – The European Commission wants Germany and Austria border controls end. According to EU commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, European citizens are free to feel without identiteitschecks to be able to travel in the so-called schengen area. “We must not go back to the past,” he said at a meeting in Luxembourg of the EU-ministers of Home Affairs.
Within Schengen, which consists of the territory of 23 of the 28 EU member states plus Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, should the identity of travelers, in principle, not be checked anymore. In connection with the vluchtelingencrisis is an exception rule set, who on november 11, ends for Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
Austria in Brussels, asked for an extension of the temporary border controls. Also Germany wants to continue, because, according to minister Horst Seehofer still asylum seekers from one member state to another travel.