The state of play of Schengen governance

The state of play of Schengen governance

An assessment of the Schengen evaluation and monitoring mechanism in its first multi-annual programme

On 27 November 2020 the European Parliament published a study on ‘The state of play of Schengen governance – An assessment of the Schengen evaluation and monitoring mechanism in its first multi-annual programme

This study was commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). It assesses the operation and impact of the Schengen evaluation and monitoring mechanism in its first multiannual programme (2014-19), with the aim of identifying what has worked well and developing recommendations to strengthen it.

The past decade has presented multiple controversies involving the governments of Schengen states as well as EU institutions, leading to a persistent state of apparent crisis. The ongoing “Schengen crisis” is rooted in political changes and in structural shortcomings of the Schengen regime. Despite these obstacles, the resilience of the Schengen system should not be underestimated.

In summary, while Schengen is facing difficulties that are deeply political, there are a variety of measures that can be taken to improve the functioning of Schengen, including measures that either are not politicised or can be used by governments. Key recommendations are set ou in the report.

The full report is available https://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2020/658699/IPOL_STU(2020)658699_EN.pdf

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