EU: Council of the European Union: Common European Asylum Area and Political governance of Schengen

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- Common European Asylum System = State of play (2.3.12, 7010-12. pdf)
- Draft Council Conclusions regarding guidelines for the strengthening of political governance in the Schengen cooperation (5.3.12, pdf). The draft emphasises the point that:

"The Mixed Committee, made up of the EU Member States and the Schengen associated States, should at Ministerial level provide the necessary political guidance for the Schengen area. The agenda and the organisation of its meetings should allow for political discussions focused on key topics related to the correct functioning of the Schengen area, including guidance with regard to the support to be provided by EU agencies, with a view to the Council taking decisions within the scope of its competence to ensure the efficient functioning of the Schengen area." (emphasis in original)

"The "Mixed Committee" is comprised of the 27 EU states plus Norway, Switzerland and Iceland, its decisions are not made in public.

See also: Proposal for a Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 in order to provide for common rules on the temporary reintroduction of border control at internal borders in exceptional circumstances - Draft compromise text (pdf)

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