End of Schengen could be end of EU

End of Schengen could be end of EU

With the Schengen agreement temporarily suspended by several European countries, many MEPs are now worried as to whether it can continue to survive in its original 1995 form. Named after a small town in Luxembourg, the treaty enshrines the free movement of people as a fundamental right of EU citizens. Although the original treaty was signed in 1985 by five countries, Schengen now incorporates 22 member states as well as four non-EU countries.

Friday, 19 February 2016 Written by: Ignazio Corrao Posted in: Latest news, February, Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Newsroom, 2016, Ignazio Corrao

EU governance of migration is a complete failure

EU governance of migration is a complete failure

The EU needs to overcome its paralysing fears and divisions and to manage migration and refugee flows effectively, said many MEPs in Tuesday's plenary debate with the Dutch Presidency and the Commission. Protecting the EU's external borders effectively is vital to safeguard the Schengen passport-free area, they observed. Some also called for zero tolerance of racist and violent attacks against migrants and refugees

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 Written by: Laura Ferrara Posted in: Latest news, February, Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Newsroom, 2016, Laura Ferrara

Refugee crisis: "If Schengen collapses, it'll be start of end European project"

Refugee crisis:

Migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos warned MEPs the refugee crisis was "getting worse" during a meeting organised by the civil liberties committee on 14 January. The commissioner also called on member states to deliver on their own promises and show solidarity to each other: "If Schengen collapses, it will be the beginning of the end of the European project".

Thursday, 14 January 2016 Written by: Laura Ferrara Posted in: January, Latest news, Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Newsroom, 2016, Laura Ferrara