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Parliamentary questions
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10 January 2019
Answer given by Mr Avramopoulos on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005267/2018

According to the information available to the Commission the irregular migrants apprehended arriving in France from Italy are returned to Italy in the context of the bilateral agreement on readmission of irregular migrants, the Chambery Agreement, signed among the two countries.

Due to the temporary reintroduction of border controls at the French internal borders currently in place, third-country nationals who cannot demonstrate that they fulfil the entry conditions at these border controls, are refused entry. This includes persons apprehended on irregular crossings of the border outside of the authorised border crossing points.

The operational arrangements concerning the return of persons entering illegaly and the exchange of relevant security information are set out in arrangements among the relevant local auhtorities. EC law does not set any specific requirements in this regard, provided that the rights of the third-country nationals to apply for asylum and their right to appeal a decision refusing them entry, are fully respected.

Concerning interoperability of information systems, the Commission proposed in December 2017 to close information gaps by upgrading EU information systems for security, border and migration management and making these work together in a smarter and more efficient way(1). The interoperability framework is about a targeted and intelligent way of using existing data to best effect and does not necessitate collecting additional categories of information.

The Commission is monitoring the situation at the French/Italian border. A Schengen evaluation mission took place in September 2018 and the report and ensuing recommendations will available in early 2019, purusant to the Schengen Evaluation procedure.

(1)COM(2017) 794 final.

Last updated: 10 January 2019Legal notice