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Internal border controls will be dropped if new member states comply with all requirements.
The Commission plans new measures to deal with European Union immigration crises, including strengthening border controls and creating rapid reaction squads of border guards to patrol EU frontiers.
Ministers from 30 European and 27 African nations are meeting in Rabat, Morocco, to address the issue of illegal migration. A plan of action is expected to come out of the meeting. check
The technological problems associated with introducing biometric chips into visas have proved insurmountable, forcing the Commission to drop the proposal altogether.
The Justice and Home Affairs council on 21 February reached a number of conclusions concerning free movement within the EU-25.
A ruling from the European Court of Justice has upheld the primary European law right of free movement, even of persons subject to a Schengen area blacklisting 'alert'.
The head of the EU border agency, Frontex, has said that corruption is the main hurdle facing the EU in effectively controlling its borders.
New provisions have been proposed in the EU Council to extend police powers of surveillance and pursuit, particularly in border areas.
Ministers of the interior from the so-called G5 Group have found an agreement on joint deportation flights for illegal immigrants and refused asylum seekers.
Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini and Luxembourg's Justice Minister Luc Frieden were in Warsaw on 30 June for the inauguration of the FRONTEX borders agency.
In the month which sees the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Schengen agreement, the Commission has published proposals to extend the borderless zone to the new EU member states by 2007.
In a referendum on 5 June, 55 per cent of the Swiss voted to enter the EU's Schengen area, an agreement initially signed in 1985 to remove passport controls at Europe's internal borders.
EU and US officials have held talks on border and transport security but could report no progress on the issue of mandatory biometric passports.
The Council has decided on the location of the European agency for external borders just two weeks before it is up and running.
On 13 Dec the General Affairs Council approved two regulations
dealing with biometric data in passports and external
border security in the EU.
UK immigration control will gain full legal rights in the Eurostar terminal in Brussels to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the UK and claiming asylum.
Romania plans to intensify its co-operation with the EU Member States in order to improve the security of its borders.