After a long time, controls are being introduced again throughout the European Union

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by Sededin Dedovic
After a long time, controls are being introduced again throughout the European Union
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In 2015, Austria implemented border controls with Slovenia and Hungary, citing security concerns and an influx of migrants. Recently, the Austrian government informed the European Commission of its decision to extend these controls until May of the following year.

Additionally, Austria has expanded its border controls to include the Czech Republic following a similar move by Germany. The latter country not only initiated controls at its borders with Poland and Switzerland but also decided to prolong border checks with Austria.

It's important to note that various Schengen area member states, such as Denmark, France, Norway, and Sweden, continue to enforce internal border controls, raising questions about the effectiveness and sustainability of the Schengen Agreement.

One of the central themes of the discussion within the Schengen area is combating the smuggling of migrants. Member states aim to devise more effective strategies to address this pressing issue. Migration has posed significant challenges, including security concerns, for European countries, making it imperative to find practical solutions.

Moreover, during a recent ministerial meeting, the member states discussed the implications of the Middle East situation on internal security. Recent tragic events in Europe, such as a terrorist attack in Brussels resulting in casualties, a radicalized individual's attack on a professor in France, and multiple regional airport evacuations due to bomb threats, have heightened concerns about domestic security.

In response to these threats, many European countries have elevated their security alert levels to the highest degree. The Spanish Presidency has been actively involved in updating the Council and Parliament on ongoing negotiations regarding the harmonization of legislative texts related to migration and asylum.

This is an essential step in ensuring consistent policies and practices across EU member states. Additionally, discussions will focus on the external dimension of migration, including cooperation with countries of origin and transit.

A critical proposal under consideration pertains to preventing and combatting abuse of children. The proposed regulation seeks to hold internet companies accountable by requiring them to report instances of child abuse on their platforms to competent authorities.

This measure reflects the EU's commitment to safeguarding vulnerable populations, especially in the digital age, where online platforms can pose threats to children's safety. The discussions within the Schengen area encompass a wide array of complex issues, reflecting the evolving nature of security, migration, and legislation in the European context.

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