Press release | Date: 2016-06-10 | Ministry of Justice and Public Security| No: 73 – 2016
The Minister of Justice and Public Security has decided that border controls at the internal Schengen borders will continue until 11 November 2016. This follows the adoption of an implementing decision by the European Council on 12 May, allowing Norway and four other Schengen states to maintain temporary internal border controls.
‘I am pleased that the EU agrees that there is a need for us to maintain our border controls. There are still weaknesses in the way the Schengen external border is protected, and there are many uncertainties surrounding the situation in Europe. We have to be able to maintain control of our own borders until a common European solution has been found,’ said Minister of Justice and Public Security Anders Anundsen.
The border controls will be carried out in accordance with the EU decision, which allows Norway to maintain border controls in ports with ferry connections to Denmark, Germany and Sweden.
‘I consider our border control measures to be necessary and proportionate. These measures will not be a nuisance for ordinary travellers,’ Mr Anundsen said.
The implementing decision allowing for the continuation of temporary internal border control is in accordance with Article 29 of the Schengen Borders Code. The other countries to which the decision applies are Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Austria. All five countries are permitted to carry out border controls at specified internal borders until 11 November.