EU ministers to discuss options of extending border controls on Monday
Germany, the top destination for people arriving in Europe amid the continent's worst migration crisis in decades
European Union interior ministers will discuss on Monday options for extending temporary border controls in the passport-free Schengen zone to control migration flows, a European Commission spokeswoman said on Friday.
Germany, the top destination for people arriving in Europe amid the continent's worst migration crisis in decades, is among several European countries that have reintroduced temporary border controls to better control migration.
But such temporary border checks expire in May, meaning they must either be lifted or extended for up to two years if Berlin argues that “persistent deficiencies” on the external borders of the Schengen zone justify that.
“We have not yet launched this mechanism... (but) this possibility exists, it is there and the Commission is prepared to use it if need be,” a spokeswoman for the EU's executive said of any potential two-year extension.
“We're not currently in that situation but interior ministers will on Monday in Amsterdam have the opportunity to discuss it... and it's on the agenda what steps should be taken or will need to be taken once we near the end of he maximum period in May,” the spokeswoman told a regular news briefing.
Refugees crisis exposed in DavosThe global refugee crisis continues to be a main focus at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as attendees discuss the roles of the ... DAVOS 2016
Queen Rania of Jordan raises plight of refugeesQueen Rania said refugees need to have independence and economic self-sufficiency as Jordan bears brunt of 1.3 million refugees DAVOS 2016
Syrian refugees are ‘Canada’s economic future’When Syrian refugees arrive in Toronto, Canada’s prime minister said he welcomes them not as asylum seekers but as citizens DAVOS 2016
Britain’s Cameron urges EU to relax Jordan trade to help refugeesBefore arriving at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Cameron vowed to discuss steps to create economic opportunities in Jordan DAVOS 2016
Limiting German refugee intake not unethical, president saysPresident Joachim Gauck said it is not unethical of Berlin to limit the influx of refugees DAVOS 2016
Female refugees face abuse on migrant trail in Europe: AmnestyFemale asylum seekers face physical assault and sexual harassment on their journeys through Europe, Amnesty International warned World News
The lives of Syrian refugees in Morocco waiting to enter EuropeThousands of Syrians were received by Morocco after they were displaced from their homes as a result of the war. Their presence has been evident in ... Reports