Revising EU border control rules: A missed opportunity?

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Statewatch analysis: Professor Steve Peers, University of Essex, seeks to untangle the discussions between the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament (EP) on the abolition of internal border checks and external border controls. This measure was subject to co-decision by the Council and the EP and was passed by the parliament at 1st reading on 23 June 2005. While the EP has had some success in getting a number of its more modest amendments accepted more radical changes have either been rejected by the Council or not tabled at all by the EP:

"The net result is that there will still be risks in particular of breaches of international human rights law and refugee law concerning asylum-seekers who arrive at the external borders of EU Member States, as well as the human rights of demonstrators and protesters."

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