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Sweden to ask for right to extend border checks

Published måndag 2 maj 2016 kl 10.25
Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson / TT
An officer checks identifications on a train outside of Malmö. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson / TT

Sweden wants to hold on to the right to enforce border controls, which would otherwise become illegal according to EU free movement rules.

The country is set to submit a letter to the European Commission Monday requesting the right to prolong current ID checks.

Swedish Radio news reports that the letter is also signed by Germany, France, Denmark and Belgium. The countries want the option to extend existing border controls for six months as well as the ability to add six-month extensions over a total period of two years.

An article of the Schengen Agreement stipulates that borders between member states may only have controls for eight months. That means Germany's existing border checks would not be allowed after May 12. Sweden's would reach eight months on July 1.

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