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Parliamentary questions
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22 October 2018
Question for written answer P-005369-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nadja Hirsch (ALDE)

 Subject:  Unlawful border controls at the Bavarian border
 Answer in writing 

Since August 2018, the Bavarian Border Police has been carrying out border checks at the border between Bavaria and Austria.

An opinion by the Regensburg expert in constitutional law, Thorsten Kingreen, declared them to be unconstitutional. The border police established by the Bavarian State Government undermines the federal division of competences. Pursuant to the latter, Bavaria does not have any administrative competence in the field of border management and the Bavarian rules on which the checks by the Bavarian border police are based are therefore illegal.

1. What is the Commission’s assessment of the border controls at the border between Bavaria and Austria, which are apparently without legal basis and may even be considered unconstitutional?

2. What measures does the Commission intend to take to put an end to these unlawful border controls?

3. Will the Commission agree to an extension of border controls at the Bavarian-Austrian border beyond November 2018? If so, will the Commission make it a condition that the unconstitutional border controls previously referred to are stopped immediately?

Original language of question: DE 
Last updated: 25 October 2018Legal notice