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EC proposes changes to Schengen Code

And new border agency with more powers

(supersedes previous)(ANSA) - Brussels, December 15 - The European Commission on Tuesday proposed changing the Schengen Borders Code in order to make it mandatory to systematically check citizens entering and exiting the external borders of the Schengen Area.
    A recent council of interior ministers requested the changes to fight Islamist fundamentalist terrorism and catch returning foreign fighters.
    As well, it proposed setting up a European border agency with powers to intervene to protect the Union's outer borders against the will of single countries, if it deems the situation to pose a threat to the Schengen Area as a whole.


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