Frankrike vil oppheve Schengen-avtalen

Frankrike vil oppheve Schengen-avtalen og gjeninnføre intern grensekontroll i Europa. France is to call for an effective suspension of the Schengen Agreement on open borders across Europe this week, as it demands other European nations begin border identity checks inside Europe’s free movement zone, diplomatic sources have confirmed…

Frankrike vil oppheve Schengen-avtalen og gjeninnføre intern grensekontroll i Europa.

France is to call for an effective suspension of the Schengen Agreement on open borders across Europe this week, as it demands other European nations begin border identity checks inside Europe’s free movement zone, diplomatic sources have confirmed to The Telegraph.

The radical step follows the Friday-night massacre in Paris and will lead French proposals at an emergency meeting of EU interior ministers in Brussels on Friday.

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“The French are going to push hard for everyone else to institute border controls, particularly Belgium, but across the wider euro area. To all intents and purposes it will be a temporary suspension of Schengen,” the source said.

At the same time Francois Hollande, France’s president, is to announce that he will extend draconian emergency powers for a further three months at a landmark speech in Paris this afternoon.

The speech at Versailles in which Mr Hollande will invoke rarely-used powers to address both houses of the French parliament is being billed by diplomats as a “highly significant” moment for Europe as it digests the security implications of the Paris atrocities.

De franske kravene innbærer blant annet en radikal styrking av interne grensekontroll og identitetssjekk av reisende både utenfra og innenfra EU:

Sources said it was too early to say whether the new measures proposed by France would be temporary or indefinite, but expected they would last for a considerable period of time.

Etterforskningen av terrorangrepet i Paris har ledet til Belgia og franske myndigheter mener at terroristers muligheter til å forflytte seg under EUs regelverk om fri bevegelse må adresseres raskt.

I tillegg vil franske myndigheter kreve en umiddelbar innføring av informasjonssystemet Passenger Name Records (PNR) for flytrafikk, tog- og skipstrafikk. Systemet har foreløpig ikke vært i bruk da databeskyttelselslobbyen har protestert og hevdet at innsamling av så mye informasjon er i strid med EUs Lisboa-traktat.

The demand for the use of PNR includes not only for external entries, but also for intra-EU travel, a move that would require new European legislation in order to force passenger carriers to turn over data.

Sources said legislation to enable PNR for intra-EU travel could be put through rapidly if there was sufficient political backing.

France also wants greater use of the Schengen Information System (SIS) which cross references border identity checks with a vast database of known criminals, stolen vehicles and passports and other security data.

Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister, prefigured the French demands in remarks on Sunday in which he said that “systematic and coordinated checks on borders inside the European Union” were now essential for the fight against terrorism.

“Because terrorists cross Europe’s external borders and internal borders, we want the proposals that are made and the measures taken by France as those put in place by other European countries … to be enacted quickly,» he added.

The Telegraph: Paris attacks: France to call for effective suspension of Schengen open borders