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Parliamentary questions
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3 September 2018
Question for written answer P-004462-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Pavel Telička (ALDE)

 Subject:  Controls at the Czech-German Border
 Answer in writing 

Article 25 of the Schengen Borders Code allows the reintroduction of internal border controls in the event of a serious threat to public policy or internal security, in particular following terrorist incidents, threats or organised crime. At the same time, Recital 26 states that migration by a large number of third-country nationals should not, per se, be considered to be a threat to public policy or internal security.

Since the migration crisis in 2015, the Czech Republic has stepped up national controls on migrants in transit. The number of detentions, meanwhile, has been very low for a long time, and since the beginning of 2018 only around 130 foreigners have been detained. This trend is not increasing. The vast majority of people coming to Germany are not persons transiting through Czech territory, but persons legally resident in the Czech Republic or in Germany.

Is the Commission closely monitoring these controls, and is it aware of very thorough and lengthy controls of citizens coming from the Czech Republic to Germany by the German police, particularly in Bavaria?

Does the Commission consider these controls as appropriate, proportionate and in line with Article 25 and Recital 26 of the Schengen Borders Code?

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