Topic: Institutional affairs
Organiser: European Commission
The Commission adopts its first biannual report on the functioning of the Schengen area.
The right to travel within the Schengen area without being subjected to border controls is one of the most valued achievements of the European Union. In September 2011, the Commission proposed to strengthen the Schengen area to guarantee free movement for the hundreds of thousands of EU citizens and third countries' nationals travelling within this territory every day.
On this occasion, the Commission announced its intention to present a biannual overview on the functioning of Schengen. The purpose of these reports is to provide a basis for a regular debate in the European Parliament and in the Council on the strengthening of political guidance and cooperation in the Schengen area. This first report covers the period from 1 November 2011 until 30 April 2012 and complements the measures proposed in the Commission legislative proposals on Schengen governance, which are currently being discussed with the European Parliament and the Council. The Council is expected to discuss the matter in its meeting on 7-8 June.
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