Sunday, April 24, 2011

Political confrontation in France Schengen

The French left and right faced by the initiative of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, to suspend the implementation of the Schengen Agreement of free movement within the European Union for situations like the massive influx of Tunisians. Lionnel Luca, a member of Sarkozy's party, held that the Treaty of Schengen agreement is a minimum in view of the extent of the problems "and that the idea of suspension" is a way to alert the other Member States EU seems to play Pontius Pilate.

" "It is normal that the EU is helpless against this situation and that each country tries to escape on their own," said Luca told France Info From the opposition, the Socialist deputy Jean-Jacques Urvoas, Sarkozy denounced the initiative as a challenge to European partners, "France is at risk of being isolated to a problem that can not be more European." "My conclusion is that we have a president incapable of carrying other European countries to a solution.

It is a sign of weakness," he said Urvoas on the same radio station. In a meeting organized by the Elysée with several journalists to prepare for the displacement of Sarkozy in Rome next Tuesday, the chief diplomatic adviser to the French government, Jean-David Levitte, raised the possibility of recourse to a temporary suspension of Schengen.

The goal, according to the explanations given there would be that the States of the Union may use appropriate means 'ad hoc' to address a particular problem as the mass influx of immigrants by so-called "Arab revolution." So, according to official sources quoted by Le Figaro, would seek "the development of the implementation of the safeguard clause of the Schengen Treaty, which does not provide for suspension but only the reintroduction of internal border controls" exceptionally " renewable for 30 days in case of "serious threat to public order or internal security." That fact has been in the past, such as during the G8 summit in Genoa or in 2009 when he held a NATO summit in Strasbourg.

According to the analysis of the Elysee, "the Schengen governance failure. We must reflect a mechanism whereby when a systemic failure at the external border of the European Union, to intervene with a temporary suspension while they correct the problem." The European Commission said it had not been informed of French intentions, and recalled that the Schengen member states (there are 25, including Iceland, Norway and Switzerland outside the EU) can only reinstate controls at its borders with grounds and temporarily.

The issue will be discussed Tuesday by Sarkozy during his meeting with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, in an atmosphere of bilateral disputes after Rome had granted permits to some 20,000 Tunisian coast arrived at the island of Lampedusa. These permits, which according to Italian authorities allow them to move within the Schengen borders, led to the closure by France on Sunday for a few hours of train traffic between the two countries between Ventimiglia and Menton.

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