EU: Council of the European Union: Work stopped on the proposal for a Schengen evaluation system

No mention of this proposal in the Spanish Council Presidency agendas. See: Draft Council Regulation and draft Council Decision on the establishment of an evaluation mechanism to verify the application of the Schengen acquis - Proposal for the way ahead (15339/1/09, pdf) The proposal is a non-legislative act to be adopted by the Council. The "way ahead" says that:

"some parts of the draft Regulation and Decision have raised serious concerns with a substantial number of Member States. Even though a greater efficiency of the evaluation mechanism is welcomed in general, the establishment of a new evaluation mechanism implying the (co)existence of two different but parallel evaluation processes is strongly contested. The proposals suggest one evaluation mechanism for new Member States and one for existing Schengen Member States, which is broadly considered not in line with the enhanced efficiency of the mechanism. Furthermore, there is little support among Member States for the substantial shift of competences from the Member States to the Commission."

It is no wonder that the Member States (governments) on the Committee could not accept the Commission's proposal as the Council's position in an earlier document showed that over 200 objections to the text are expressed in 53 footnotes, see: EU doc no; 13831/2/09 (pdf)


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