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A farewell to open borders? The Danish approach. CEPS Paper in Liberty and Security in Europe, November 2011

Hobbing, Peter. (2011) A farewell to open borders? The Danish approach. CEPS Paper in Liberty and Security in Europe, November 2011. [Policy Paper]

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    Abstract

    Migratory pressure from abroad and populist trends in Europe have already put considerable stress on borderless Europe, despite the open borders being one of its most precious achievements. But what in the past could be seen as annoying yet temporary disturbances attained an entirely different character under the Danish initiative launched in early May 2011. The move to install permanent controls, including customs houses and video surveillance, alarmed not just Brussels but also travellers and business associations EU-wide. Even though the new government has since banished the nightmare by repealing the border measures, one should still not sound the ‘all clear’ signal. With populist parties all over Europe, similar scenarios are likely to arise elsewhere. This paper therefore seeks to clarify a few basic elements to help counter future ‘plots’ against free movement more swiftly, namely that 1) the reintroduction of internal border controls violates EU treaty legislation, no matter whether the measures are based on Schengen or customs provisions; and 2) such border-based checks are highly inefficient compared with modern cross-border cooperation among law enforcement authorities.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Denmark
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJC > Schengen/Prum/border control/freedom to travel
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJC > immigration policy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
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    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Liberty and Security in Europe
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2011 11:07
    Number of Pages: 14
    Last Modified: 22 Sep 2013 15:50
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/32964

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