'Serious shortcomings' at Greek borders

First of four possible steps in activating Article 26

(ANSA) - Brussels, January 27 - A meeting of European Commissioners on Wednesday highlighted "serious shortcomings" in a new report on the state of Greece's external borders, European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said. This was the first of four possible steps in a procedure preparing the possible activation of Article 26 of the Schengen accords, which envisages the extension of controls on the internal borders for one or more countries for up to two years. Some EU members have asked that the article be activated.