Magazine article Europe-East

Justice and Home Affairs : Schengen Successes and Asylum Woes: Faull Takes Stock

Magazine article Europe-East

Justice and Home Affairs : Schengen Successes and Asylum Woes: Faull Takes Stock

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Despite all its challenges, the border-free Schengen area stands out as a success story for the EU, but the same cannot be said of the immigration and asylum procedures applied across the member states. Addressing a stock-taking' conference organised by the European Policy Centre (EPC), on 7 June in Brussels, Jonathan Faull, the outgoing head of the European Commission's DG Justice and Home Affairs, also touched upon the controversy surrounding the SWIFT bank transfer database and its implications on transatlantic relations.

Faull, who is set to become director of DG Internal Market at the end of July, recalled that the member states continue to face significant threats, including domestic and international terrorism, illegal migration and trafficking of people and drugs. The relaxation of border control inside the Schengen area has brought forth the need for increased trust between member states and also for strengthened control at external Schengen borders, he said. While security remains a key priority in borderless' Europe, Faull believes the Schengen arrangement has already proved its worth and its future prospects are bright.

EXPECTATIONS ON LEGAL IMMIGRATION

Among issues that needed to be worked on, Faull mentioned legal immigration and asylum procedures as two areas that he felt are very much neglected by member states. Legal immigration still lacks harmonisation amongst member states and can also present dangerous risks for those trying to travel to certain countries. …

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