European Border Controls: Frontier-free

The vision of a borderless Europe is becoming a reality. From this month travellers will be able to zip from the northern tip of Norway to the southern toe of Italy without a passport. But the abolition of border controls creates tension amongst European Union member states and threatens to slow down the enlargement process.

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Charlotte Lindberg Warakaulle

Speech Writer, Director-General of the United Nations Office, Geneva

On 25 March, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Iceland, will begin to implement the Schengen Agreement on eliminating border controls. The agreement, already adopted by ten European Union member states, provides for the dismantling of all identity checks on frontiers between signatories through the strengthening and standardising of controls at the external borders of ‘Schengenland’.

When the Schengen Agreement becomes operational in the Nordic countries, international travel between the fifteen signatories will in effect become domestic travel. Passengers, including third-country nationals, arriving from these countries are separated from other international arrivals at airports and seaports and enter without further controls.

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