Addendum




Ireland

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Temporary reintroduction of border control at internal borders
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
A8-0356/2018:


Lynn
BOYLAN
 FOR (+) . – The Commission proposed to extend the period of time it allowed member states to erect internal borders by amending the relevant articles within the Schengen Borders Code. While I recognise the strong concerns member states may have around issues like security and secondary migration, I do not agree that member states should be allowed to flout the current provision of the SBC or to completely disregard the current legal framework. While there will be amendments to articles within the SBC, the amendments will put additional measures in place to ensure that member states do not abuse a loophole within the regulation to keep internal border checks in perpetuity. This report stipulates that internal borders can be erected in extenuating circumstances, but these will not last longer than 1 year. Furthermore, states were switching between different extenuating circumstances to keep the checks there indefinitely; this report closes that loophole. Freedom of movement is one of the positive attributes of the EU, and it should be protected. Therefore, I voted in favour of this report.
Matt
CARTHY
 FOR (+) . – The Commission proposed to extend the period of time it allowed member states to erect internal borders by amending the relevant articles within the Schengen Borders Code. While I recognise the strong concerns member states may have around issues like security and secondary migration, I do not agree that member states should be allowed to flout the current provision of the SBC or to completely disregard the current legal framework. While there will be amendments to articles within the SBC, the amendments will put additional measures in place to ensure that member states do not abuse a loophole within the regulation to keep internal border checks in perpetuity. This report stipulates that internal borders can be erected in extenuating circumstances, but these will not last longer than 1 year. Furthermore, states were switching between different extenuating circumstances to keep the checks there indefinitely; this report closes that loophole. Freedom of movement is one of the positive attributes of the EU, and it should be protected. Therefore, I voted in favour of this report.
Nessa
CHILDERS
 FOR
Deirdre
CLUNE
 FOR (+) I voted against this report as a whole. The objective of the proposal is to ensure that the time limits applicable to the temporary border controls at internal borders enable Member States to take, when necessary, measures needed to respond to serious threats to internal security or public policy; and to introduce better procedural safeguards in order to ensure that the decision on temporary border controls at internal borders or their prolongation is based on a proper risk assessment and is taken in cooperation with the other Member States concerned.
Brian
CROWLEY
 (excused)
Luke Ming
FLANAGAN
 FOR (+) Since 2015 several Schengen Member States have reintroduced controls at their internal border crossings. The Commission has not dealt with those not abiding by Schengen rules and those Schengen MS; (France, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Austria and Germany) keep applying long-term controls at different parts of their borders, for reasons based on secondary migratory flows or security concerns. In an effort to normalise the situation, the Commission proposed to amend Articles 25-29 of the Schengen Borders Code, which relate to the procedures and safeguards for the reintroduction of those controls. The report outlines some important boundaries which will stop the reintroducing of internal border controls. Another extension of the time limits is also not allowed based on other grounds meaning that if a MS has introduced internal border controls for public security reasons it cannot continue or re-introduce internal border controls once the allowed time limit expires on the basis of another existing provision which is the "exceptional circumstances putting the overall functioning of Schengen at risk", an element of which could be relating to migration flows. Overall this is a positive step and because of this I chose to vote in favour.
Marian
HARKIN
 FOR (+) . ‒ The Schengen area is one of the greatest achievements of European integration. However, it has never been more fragile than it is today due to the recent challenges the EU has faced. A lack of trust between some Member States has resulted in some reintroducing internal border controls in recent years, putting at risk future processes of political integration within the EU, as well as our economies.
In September 2017, the Commission proposed amending the Schengen Borders Code to allow Member States to reintroduce internal border controls where there is a serious threat to public policy or internal security in a Member State for up to five years. Under current rules these controls may only be utilised for a maximum of two years. This report rejects the Commission’s proposal to amend the Code as it could legalise current illegal practices of Member States regarding their internal border controls.
I voted in favour of this proposal as it instead solidifies that any changes to the Code, regarding the reintroduction of internal border controls, should make the legal framework clearer and ensure their use is proportionate when responding to actual needs, including an appropriately limited time frame.
Brian
HAYES
 FOR
Seán
KELLY
 FOR (+) . ‒ I am in favour of giving the Member States of Schengen the right to reintroduce border controls at internal borders temporarily. I am in favour of this as I believe that if we want Schengen to survive I believe we should give Member States certain powers when it comes to national security risks as otherwise they may leave Schengen altogether.
Mairead
McGUINNESS
 FOR (+) . ‒ I voted in favour of this report to ensure that the time limits applicable to the temporary reintroduction of border control at internal borders enable Member States to respond to serious threats to internal security while introducing improved procedural safeguards to ensure that such decisions are taken on the basis of risk assessments.
Liadh
NÍ RIADA
 FOR (+) . – The Commission proposed to extend the period of time it allowed member states to erect internal borders by amending the relevant articles within the Schengen Borders Code. While I recognise the strong concerns member states may have around issues like security and secondary migration, I do not agree that member states should be allowed to flout the current provision of the SBC or to completely disregard the current legal framework. While there will be amendments to articles within the SBC, the amendments will put additional measures in place to ensure that member states do not abuse a loophole within the regulation to keep internal border checks in perpetuity. This report stipulates that internal borders can be erected in extenuating circumstances, but these will not last longer than 1 year. Furthermore, states were switching between different extenuating circumstances to keep the checks there indefinitely; this report closes that loophole. Freedom of movement is one of the positive attributes of the EU, and it should be protected. Therefore, I voted in favour of this report.