European Parliament
José Ignácio Faria - ALDE (Portugal)


Elisabeth Rohde

Cite as

Position Paper for the European Parliament

Delegate José Ignácio Faria

Represented by Elisabeth Rohde

1. European Border and Coast Guard Regulation

Portugal is very fond of the Schengen Agreement declared in 1995 which abolished border controls on internal frontiers and substituted them by more concentrated controls of the external borders of the Schengen Area. Due to rising numbers of refugees seeking asylum in the European Union, the Schengen Agreement is in danger as some Member States have reintroduced internal border controls temporarily.

Portugal criticizes these controls as they endanger the profit of the Schengen Agreement which means “the free and unrestricted movement of people, goods, services, and capital“. However, we understand the urge to protect the national...