Revising EU border control rules: A missed opportunity?


Professor Steve Peers of the University of Essex has produced an analysis for UK-based NGO Statewatch which seeks to untangle the discussions between the EU Council of Ministers and the European Parliament (EP) on the abolition of internal border checks and the concomitant strengthening of external border controls. Professor Peers argues that while the EP has had some success in getting a number of its more modest amendments accepted, more radical changes have either been rejected by the Council or not tabled at all by the EP. So while there will be some important improvements, projected changes in the law will also create risks of breaches of international human rights law and refugee law concerning asylum-seekers who arrive at the external borders of EU Member States, as well as the human rights of demonstrators and protesters. Read the full document here