EU summit to endorse limited Schengen border reforms
European Union leaders are set to give a very cautious endorsement to the idea of a mechanism for the reintroduction of internal border checks within the passport-free Schengen area, documents showed on Tuesday, reported dpa.
After quarrelling over an influx of migrants from North Africa following unrest there, France and Italy suggested changing the Schengen treaty in April, to make it easier to reintroduce frontier controls.
An EU summit on Thursday and Friday is set to back the idea, but with strong reservations, according to draft conclusions seen by the German Press Agency dpa.
Internal border controls should be reintroduced only "as a last resort ... in a truly critical situation ... for a strictly limited scope and period of time," the document says.
Countries facing a border crisis should be able to count on "technical and financial support" from EU peers, the draft added.