Cooperation Needed to Solve Schengen Situation
As increased border controls by several EU Member States threaten the internal market, a hearing was organized to discuss the impact of the refugee crisis on the transport sector.
On the 3rd of March the ALDE fraction of the European Parliament organized a hearing on the impact of the refugee crisis on the EU transport sector. Representatives of the EU and the private sector attended the meeting.
As eight EU Member States have implemented border controls, Commissioner Violeta Bulc stressed that it is very important that these controls are proportionate and temporary. The costs of these border controls are estimated between 1.7 and 5.7 billion euro’s per year.
One way to solve this problem would be through a bottom-up approach. By using reporting Member States could be pressured to remove their border controls. The Commissioner stressed that only in very exceptional cases the driver time rules would be allowed to change. She also asked to send initiatives and solutions to her.
During the hearing several suggestions were made to solve the Schengen situation:
• Harmonization of Member State legislation
• Better cooperation between authorities
• Improved EU coordination, with an active role for the Commission
• Proportional measures by Member States
• Better horizontal cooperation between the different EU institutions
Last week the Commission stated that it wants all internal border controls removed by the end of the year.