Denmark called to account over Schengen

Denmark called to account over Schengen
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The European Commission has asked Denmark to provide details of the border checks it plans to reintroduce, amid fears they could breach EU laws.

“It should be clear that the Commission cannot and will not accept any attempt to roll back the EU treaty, either for free movement of goods or persons at internal borders,” spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen said in a statement.

The move, announced on Wednesday, angered other EU member states, and was the price the Danish government’s anti-immigration junior partner extracted to support budgetary and pension reforms.

“We have agreed on permanent border controls which we will implement as soon as possible,” Finance Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen said on TV2 News after the borders deal with the Danish People’s Party and the small Christian Democratic party.

The new controls at all of Denmark’s borders will be within the scope of the Schengen agreement, the Finance Ministry said in a statement.

The Schengen treaty abolished border controls within Europe and currently consists of 25 nations.

The political deal will mean investing in new border control facilities, more customs officials, extensive video surveillance of cars crossing Danish borders and rapid police assistance if customs officers need it, the statement said.

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