Three countries have introduced border control of the borders with Slovakia at once.
Some countries of the Schengen Group have resumed checks at internal European borders. The reason is the migration crisis, which the EU is facing again.
Three European countries have introduced border control of the borders with Slovakia at once.
The Polish authorities decided to resume temporary control at the border with Slovakia from October 4 for 10 days with the possibility of extension. The same decision was made by the authorities of the Czech Republic and Austria.
The countries conditioned their decision on the fight against illegal migration.
One of the main principles of the Schengen Agreement is the freedom of movement of citizens, therefore border control at the internal borders of the countries belonging to the group is not carried out.
However, there are clauses in the treaty that provide for the temporary restoration of border control, primarily when it concerns a threat to public order or internal security.
In 2023, at least seven Schengen States took advantage of these provisions of the Border Code.
“The Schengen Border Code allows participating countries to re-introduce border controls in the event of a serious threat to their national security, provided this measure is necessary as a last resort and is temporary. Now the states of the Schengen Group interpret these conditions very broadly,” notes Eugenio Cusumano, associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Messina.
According to the political scientist, in this situation, a “domino effect” is created: neighboring countries with the state returning control at the border follow his example.