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Brussels, 30 May 2013
Commissioner Malmström welcomes agreement on Schengen proposals
"I welcome the agreement on the Schengen proposals at trilogue and Coreper level. The agreement paves the way to a sound Schengen governance based on clear and transparent rules that will make the system more efficient, thanks to the central role given to the European Commission. This is an important step towards a more European and better functioning Schengen area for the benefit of the European citizens. The new mechanism will better ensure that the rules are respected. This truly European system, coordinated by the Commission, will allow us to efficiently monitor the situation at our external borders, to react, to provide for the necessary support and to remedy weaknesses. It will allow the Commission to verify, also through on-site visits, that Member States respect their obligations and will not to carry out unjustified border checks. The Commission will intervene in case of abuses of the Schengen rules. This will strengthen trust among Member States and, by reinforcing its European dimension, will contribute to protecting one of the most cherished achievements of the EU, the freedom of movement. All the EU institutions have been working very constructively to find a solution and I am confident that the European Parliament and the Council will soon formally endorse the agreement", said EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström.