The Swedish government has decided to restore border controls from November 12 to May 11, 2021, to ensure national security and identify terrorists. France also said it would double the number of border guards.
The Swedish government believes that other measures, taking into account the imperfect control of the Schengen area’s external borders, are insufficient.
“The terrorist threat level in Sweden is still considered high, and our overall assessment is that border controls are still necessary,” said interior minister Mikael Damberg.
French President Emmanuel Macron said that the number of units controlling its external border would be doubled. “We have decided to strengthen control at the borders of the Schengen area. In France, the number of border police and customs officers will be increased from 2,400 to 4 800,” he said.
According to him, it is necessary to review the Schengen system and achieve more control at its border. “The Schengen area needs a profound transformation. This system’s organization should be reviewed to strengthen the overall protection at the borders, create true security police at the external borders of the zone, and increase the degree of unity of the rules that exist in different countries. It is also necessary to ensure the coordinated actions of the Ministers of our countries responsible for internal affairs and security so that Europe becomes much more integrated in this area,” the French President said
Over the past three months, he said, the country has managed to prevent 32 terrorist attacks and strengthen the fight against terrorism. A new draft law is also being prepared and will be presented on December 9.
He added that Austria’s recent terrorist attacks indicate that terrorist networks have acquired a “worldwide scale.”
“Terrorists organize their actions all over the world, using the Internet and social networks, as well as sending their agents across borders to other countries. <…> this requires Europe to strengthen its response to the situation,” Macron said.
“To fight against Islamist terrorism also means to fight against networks of illegal carriers that are linked to this system of terrorism and sometimes are themselves terrorist. They use illegal transportation of drugs and people to strengthen their terrorist actions on this basis,” the head of state added.