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The fight against cross-border crime and its impact on free movement in the EU 

MEPs are to discuss serious cross-border crime and its impact on free movement, in particular through the reintroduction of border controls within the Schengen area.

In their discussion on Monday, MEPs are expected to raise the issue of border controls reintroduced by Denmark in November along its border with Sweden as part of an effort to stem cross-border organised crime and terrorism. The reintroduction of controls followed violent attacks in Copenhagen that Danish authorities suspect were carried out by criminals coming from Sweden.

Denmark has also extended its border checks with Germany. In addition, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Norway and France currently have internal border checks in place.

Member states can carry out temporary checks at internal borders within the Schengen area, in the event of a serious threat to public order or to internal security. The time limits and conditions for such border controls are currently under revision.

Council and Commission statements

Debate: Monday, 13 January