Denmark Border Controls Against EU Law - Barroso
Moves by Denmark to re-impose border controls on its Germany and Sweden frontiers are against the free movement of goods and the European Commission may take legal action, said President Jose Manuel Barroso in a letter to Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen.
The new measures will see a permanent border control, new facilities, additional customs staff and police back-up.
"In so far as the measures announced would be implemented in a way that amounted to the introduction of systematic frontier controls, they would appear to be contrary to the Treaty freedoms (notably free movement of goods, freedom to provide services)," wrote Barroso.
He called on Rasmussen to refrain from any further unilateral steps and engage in a dialogue before implementing any new measures.
Fears of a new influx of refugees running from violence in North Africa and the Middle East have triggered a renewed EU-wide debate about possible changes to the Schengen Treaty, which allows border-free travel in 25 member states.