The new Strategy on the Schengen area will make the EU's free travel space stronger and more resilient. While the foundations of the Schengen area have proven solid, improvements are necessary to make sure Europeans can continue reaping the benefits of unfettered movement in the future.
The Strategy aims to:
management of the EU’s
|Strengthen internal measures on police cooperation, security and migration management||Improve Schengen preparedness and governance||Complete the enlargement|
of the Schengen area
A revised evaluation mechanism for enhanced trust
The Schengen Evaluation and Monitoring Mechanism is a peer-to-peer review mechanism aimed at verifying that Member States correctly implement the Schengen rules, based on evaluations by teams of trained experts from the Commission and the Member States. If the experts identify deficiencies, the evaluated Member State will receive recommendations and will have to report back on the actions taken to remedy these deficiencies.
While the mechanism has led to substantial improvements, the evaluation process remains too slow, with limited pressure put on the follow up given to recommendations. To address these shortcomings and foster common trust in the implementation of the Schengen rules, the mechanism will be revised.
The changes will:
How will Schengen evaluations work in practice?
Each Member State is evaluated regularly, at least twice every 7 years
|Fast track procedure in case of serious deficiencies|
- Publication date
- 28 May 2021