BRUSSELS: Sweden and Denmark have agreed to lift temporary border checks as soon as possible but must first slow migrant flows, the EU said Wednesday after emergency talks Europe’s passport-free Schengen zone.
EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos called the meeting after Denmark this week slapped spot checks on its border with Germany, and Sweden imposed its own controls on travellers from Denmark. “We agreed to keep (the measures) to a minimum and return to normal as soon as possible.
This means the flows have to be slowed down,” Avramopoulos said following the talks in Brussels with officials from Sweden, Denmark and Germany. “We all agreed that Schengen and free movement must be safeguarded,”
More than a million refugees and migrants arrived in Europe in 2015 — many of them fleeing the war in Syria — in the worst crisis of its kind to face the continent since World War II.