EU to step up controls at external borders, revise Schengen rules to do so

EU to step up controls at external borders, revise Schengen rules to do so

Sofia, November 20, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

At a special meeting on responses to the Paris terrorist attacks, European Union interior and justice ministers have agreed that controls at the bloc’s external borders should be stepped up, with EU citizens to be among those subject to “systematic and coordinated checks”.

The ministers are asking the European Commission to present a proposal on revising the Schengen rules accordingly.

Along with other measures agreed to at the November 20 meeting, EU ministers want the changes brought into effect “as soon as possible”.

The Schengen visa zone includes 22 out of 28 EU member states as well as Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. EU member states that are not part of the Schengen zone are Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the UK.