We will stick to the principle of freedom of travel

The freedom of movement which was established for European citizens through the Schengen area is a core element of European integration. Freedom of travel and freedom of movement have become tangible signs of European integration in the everyday lives of citizens. We have to preserve these principles.

In Karlsruhe on 20 April, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle commented as follows on suggestions to amend current regulations: “Freedom of travel is one of the most important achievements of the European integration process and one which citizens can feel in their everyday lives. We will stick to the principle of freedom of travel. In the view of the German Government, freedom of travel must not be called into question, just as re-nationalization must not be considered.”

The aim of the upcoming talks on possible reform of the Schengen regime is to improve protection of Europe’s external borders, that is, the external borders of the Schengen area. A well-functioning border control system at the Schengen area’s external borders is key to real progress in combating illegal migration. Germany will continue to work towards this aim in Brussels too, a Federal Foreign Office spokesperson said. It was also important, the spokesperson added, for the European institutions and above all the European Commission to play an important role on all related issues.

Last updated 20.04.2012

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