Friday, February 12, 2016

EU set to restrict passport-free travel, documents say

DOCUMENTS seen by The Associated Presss that European Union countries are poised to restrict passport-free travel by invoking an emergency rule for two years due to the migration crisis.

Each of the 26 countries in the open-travel Schengen Area is allowed to unilaterally put up border controls for a maximum of six months. That limit can be extended for up to two years if a member nation is found to be failing to protect its borders.

The documents show that EU policymakers are poised to declare that Greece is failing to sufficiently protect its border. Some 2,000 people are still arriving daily on Greek islands in smugglers’ boats from Turkey.

A European official showed the documents to the AP on condition of anonymity because the documents are confidential.
  [news.com.au]
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