European Union Ministers are meeting in Brussels 20 November 2015 to discuss the tightening of Schengen borders following the attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015.
It is anticipated that the EU Ministers will re-introduce checks on both EU and Non-EU travellers at the borders of the 26 countries of the Schengen zone.
Latest reports are stating that sources have confirmed that the Interior ministers of the EU members are backing France’s call for the re-introduction of increased and systematic checks of all citizens at the borders.
Expected changes include a push for enhanced use of technology to better control external and internal borders, in addition to the implementation of a passenger information register. Collection of passenger information will likely be checked against a database of known or suspected terrorists and criminals. The Ministers will also be looking to examine and restrict the movement of firearms within the EU.
In addition, there will be increased requirements for Schengen visa applications. From today, biometric data collection and personal appearance has become a mandatory requirement for obtaining visas for Germany, Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands. This process is also in place for France, Spain and Switzerland. We expect that increased application requirements will also be implemented and formally announced by other Schengen countries following the summit.
We are monitoring developments as they happen, and will provide further updates on the outcome of the summit once they are formally announced.
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