Greece rejects a backtrack in EU’s Schengen free passport zone treaty through the reinstatement of border controls within member countries, said Greek Citizen Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis on Wednesday.
“The combat against illegal migration is a European matter. Greece will not agree in any case to a backtrack in the EU Schengen treaty. But we will support the boost of controls in internal borders under special circumstances,” said Papoutsis.
The statement was made as a reply to the EU Commission’s proposal for the temporary reintroduction of border controls at the national borders of the Schengen zone, if European experts conclude that a member state cannot address successfully the influx of illegal immigrants.