France will extend border control within Schengen area until the end of October caused by the terrorist threat, the EU Commission confirmed.
“We received notification from France this week,” a spokesperson said at briefing in the European Commission when asked if France indicated an extension of controls for six months beyond the current expiry date of April 30.
France took a measure reintroducing control along Schengen area borders after the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015.
The security border control has been renewed every six months since then as France, while the society is plagued by terrorist attacks since then.
Today the European Commission denied any reception of the notice from Austrian government on extension of border control, however very few doubt it will come, as announced in Austrian newspapers. However Austria also plans to use its upcoming presidency of the European Union to switch from resettling refugees within the EU to prevention of further flow of illegal migrants into EU, – Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said in March.
British Prime Minister Theresa May on offered France €50,5 million to improve security at French border controls, part of measures to deepen cooperation that she hopes will foster fruitful Brexit talks.
During talks with President Emmanuel Macron at Sandhurst, Britain’s army officer training academy, May displayed that her government is a valuable partner for France and other members of the European Union. But even more it is a gesture towards UK electorate to ensure them, that country is moving towards Brexit, restoring its borders, and taking control, preventing flows of migrants accumulating in Calais to enter UK illegally.
According to the agreements of Touquet since 2004, the UK border is control starts from France, where British agents request documents for travel to prevent illegal entrance. Only last three years the UK paid more than €100 million to maintain the system in place and ensure effective control of borders from the French coast, and especially Calais. During his recent visit to the city of Calais President Macron warned that the state will not allowed to reconstruct the “Jungle”, a camp of eight thousand migrants, which was dismantled in 2016.
European Commission confirmed EU border controls could be extended in crisis, giving it more leeway to stem migration.
The proposal by the EU executive comes as border controls in Germany, Austria, Denmark, and Norway expire, part of the European Union’s response to a surge of refugees and migrants in November 2015 that tested EU rules on passport-free travel.
Those countries must lift the frontier checks by November this year under a two-year-limit set by the bloc in the so-called Schengen area, which is named after a town in Luxembourg and aims to be a symbol of free movement in the bloc.
While not referring to the four countries, the Commission’s plan, if agreed by EU governments, would allow them to keep the controls in place for another year if they can justify them.
EU home affairs commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said the threat of migrants coming through Greece and the Western Balkans was no longer a valid excuse for frontier checks.