Internal border controls prolonged

The Government has decided to prolong the reinstated border controls at certain ports in Skåne and Västra Götaland, and at the Öresund Bridge.

The Swedish Police Authority will continue to carry out border controls on 11 May. On the same day, the European Council of Ministers plans to adopt a recommendation on prolonging internal border controls, in line with Article 29 of the Schengen Borders Code (1). On the condition that the Council adopts this decision, the Swedish Police Authority will also continue to carry out border controls as of 12 May and during the entire period the Council recommends.

The Council's recommendation is based on the proposal of the European Commission of 2 May to prolong internal border controls for six months at most (2). The Commission bases its proposal on the assessment that there is still a serious threat to public order and domestic security, and to the overall functioning of the Schengen area. The Government shares the Commission's assessment.
Border controls will continue to be limited to what is necessary, and regular reviews will be conducted to adapt controls to the existing need.

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1) Regulation (EU) 2016/399 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on a Union Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code).

2) Proposal for a Council Implementing Decision setting out a recommendation for temporary internal border control in exceptional circumstances putting the overall functioning of the Schengen area at risk. COM (2017) 226 final.

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