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EU considers stopping Schengen Zone activity for two years

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Friday, 4 December, ministers of the European Union plan to discuss the possibility of halting activity of the Schengen Zone for the next two years, as reported by Financial Times.

The idea to return to the old days of running border control came to be as a result of the migrant crisis, which has caused considerable strain on Greece’s borders, threatening the entire Schengen Zone.

The proposal to activate Article 26th of the agreement has been submitted to the EU Internal Ministers Council by the presiding country in the EU – Luxembourg.

If ministers decide to support this initiative, the European Commission will be able to recommend closing one or multiple internal borders within the Schengen Zone for up to two years.

This means the temporary border control on borders between countries like Austria and Germany will become a long-term measure that will divide the Schengen Zone.

Europe had warned Greece multiple times in the past that it should have reviewed its reaction to the migrant crisis and sought help. Now it is possible Greece may be excluded from the Schengen Zone.

Luxembourg’s document also includes even more radical measures. These measures not only include the possibility of exclusion for Greece and restoration of border control, but also new measures for other countries.

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