EU threatens Greece over border controls
Jan 27, Athens: European Commission has said that Greece was seriously neglecting its obligations on migrant crisis in the name of border control.
In a draft report, EU has said Greece could face new border controls with other states if it fails to fix "serious deficiencies" in its management of the external frontier of the passport-free Schengen zone.
The "draft report concludes that Greece seriously neglected its obligations" under the Schengen agreement. It found failures to register, check and fingerprint migrants arriving in November.
If the report is approved, Greece will be given three months to improve. Otherwise, the Commission may recommend other states reintroduce temporary border controls, media reports said.
The migrant crisis has put the future of the Schengen agreement at risk.
More than 850,000 migrants and refugees arrived in Greece last year.
A further 44,000 have reached the Greek islands since the start of 2016, mostly arriving on Lesbos, Samos and Chios from the Turkish mainland.
Several EU states, including Austria and Hungary, have already introduced temporary border controls to reduce the number of arrivals.
The report must be approved by Schengen members before a three-month deadline can be imposed.
The Oslo Times