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MEPs: Don't use immigrants as a pretext to undermine Schengen

The EP's Civil Liberties Committee says that the Schengen system should not be changed

Using immigrants as a pretext to undermine the Schengen agreement's removal of EU internal border checks is "unacceptable", European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee chair Juan Fernando López Aguilar has said.
 

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Border controls in Schengen area may be allowed

European Commission proposes better management of migration to the EU

The European Commission has proposed re-introduction of a mechanism allowing for temporary and very limited border checks between EU Member States.

Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner responsible for Home Affairs said that recent events in North Africa triggered concerns about the functioning of the Schengen system. “The free movement of people across European borders is a major achievement which must not be reversed, but rather strengthened. That is why the Commission has already proposed a better evaluation mechanism to ensure that the external borders are effectively controlled. To safeguard the stability of the Schengen area, it may also be necessary to foresee the temporary re-introduction of limited internal border controls under very exceptional circumstances, such as where a part of the external border comes under heavy unexpected pressure," Commissioner Malmström said.
 

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Italy prepares new expulsion directive

ECJ: Italy cannot jail illegal immigrants who fail to obey expulsion orders

Italy is preparing a new directive to expel illegal immigrants after the European Union's Court of Justice ruled that the country cannot imprison illegal immigrants who fail to comply with an order to leave the national territory.

Home Affairs Minister Roberto Maroni said that the Court’s ruling has created some confusion and made it impossible now to directly expel illegal immigrants. “It is a rule I’d like to absolutely introduce,” he said, adding that it is the most effective way of fighting illegal immigration.
 

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Don't rubbish your passport!

At least 10,000 accidentally throw their passports out with the rubbish

More than 10,000 people a year accidentally throw their passports out with the rubbish, new figures released by the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) have revealed.

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MEPs suspicious about calls to review Schengen rules

Coelho: "Schengen should not be weakened"

The European Commission's decision to consider a temporary reintroduction of checks at the EU's internal borders, at the request of Italy and France, has prompted concern among Civil Liberties Committee Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

MEPs say that Schengen must not be weakened and that all internal border checks should be strictly justified.

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