EU blames Greece for neglecting border controls

European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis
European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis

BRUSSELS, Jan 27 (KUNA) — The European Commission discussed Wednesday the draft Schengen evaluation report on Greece, which is based on the evaluation that took place in November.
“The draft report concludes that Greece is seriously neglecting its obligations. There are serious deficiencies in the carrying out of external border controls that must be overcome and dealt with by the Greek authorities,” European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis told a press conference.
“Since November, Greece has started work towards complying with the Schengen rules, but more needs to be done to ensure the proper management of our external borders. This includes proper reception, registration, relocation or return of migrants in order to bring Schengen’s functioning back to normal,” he said.
Dombrovskis noted “Europe is facing unprecedented challenges in terms of the migration crisis and its implications on the Schengen area. Schengen is one of the most formidable achievements of the European Union, and it must be protected.” He added that this week, EU Member States asked the Commission to lay the groundwork that would allow Member States to prolong temporary border controls to up to two years, in line with existing Schengen regulations. (end) nk.hb