EU starts systematic checks at external borders today with new Schengen rules
- Europeans will face systematic checks at the external borders of the EU's Schengen beginning on Friday (7 April) under legislation designed to tackle "foreign fighters" returning from Iraq and Syria.
"Member states will as of tomorrow have an obligation to carry out systematic checks against relevant databases at the external borders, also on EU citizens," a European Commission spokeswoman said Thursday (6 April).
The EU said it was "in response to the attacks in Paris in November 2015 and the growing threat from foreign terrorist fighters".
The EU first proposed the measures after the November 2015 Paris attacks and the 28 member states adopted them on March 7.
The EU's anti-terrorism coordinator, Gilles de Kerchove, said more systematic checks will allow border guards to spot suspected terrorists and returning foreign fighters more easily.
"When someone is checked at the external border, they can determine if it's someone that they should arrest or if it is someone they should put under discreet surveillance," he told EURACTIV.com in a recent interview.(Excerpt) Read more at: euractiv.com ...
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