A total of 12 EU member states have called for the Schengen border law to be updated so that “physical barriers” are allowed as precautions to protect borders through a letter to the European Commission.
Austria, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania and Slovakia have signed the letter called “Adapting the EU’s legal framework to new realities” addressed to European Commission Vice President Schinas, Commissioner for Internal Affairs Ilva Johansson and the Slovenian Presidency of the EU, as reported by EURACTIV, TheSchengen.com report.
“Recent developments at the external borders of the European Union (EU) indicate that the EU needs to adapt the current legal framework to new realities, enabling us to adequately address attempts to exploit illegal immigration for political purposes and other mixed threats,” the EU Interior Ministers noted in their letter. common.
The message came ahead of a meeting of EU Home Affairs Ministers to be held yesterday, October 8, during which ministers will discuss strengthening the EU’s external borders and screening and detaining incoming migrants.
In this regard, the Ministry of Interior of Lithuania previously stressed that the Cabinet approved the proposal to impose a 508-kilometer physical protective barrier on the country’s border with Belarus in order to deal with the influx of migrants from Belarus.
At the time, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonetti confirmed that more than 1,000 migrants had been discovered on the country’s common border with Belarus. According to her, immigrants were trying to get into the country illegally.
In the letter, EU interior ministers noted that “physical barriers appear to be an effective border protection measure that serves the interest of the entire EU, not just the member states since they first arrived.”
In addition, according to the ministers, these safeguards must be funded from the EU budget “as a matter of priority”.
Through the Schengen Borders Act, EU countries are allowed to establish common border crossing points with neighboring countries outside the EU.
In the joint letter, the ministers also stressed that the EU’s immigration and asylum policy “must be resistant to abuse”.
The issue of migrants and refugees continues to raise difficulties for the authorities in the countries of the European Union; However, no effective solution to this problem has been found so far.
Recently, TheSchengen.com reported that several NGOs and media have fingered officials in Greece and Croatia for their involvement in pushbacks of illegal immigrants.