EU concerned over announced permanent customs controls in Denmark

May 14th, 2011 - 2:14 am ICT by BNO News  

BRUSSELS (BNO NEWS) — The European Union on Friday voiced its concern over the announced permanent customs controls in Denmark to strengthen intra-EU border control.

“I am concerned by the announcement of the Danish government aiming at strengthening intra-EU border control by establishing a permanent and visible customs control at all Danish borders,” said Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs.

On May 11, the Danish government announced an agreement between the Danish People’ Party and the Christian Democrats to strengthen border control by establishing checkpoints at all accesses.

Also on Friday, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso spoke with Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and requested further clarifications on the proposed checkpoints.

The EU seeks more information in regards to the legal basis for the envisaged checks, the sources of information based on which these checks will be carried out, and whether the announced measures will be part of larger measures to combat crime throughout the whole Danish territory.

“I call on the Danish government to refrain from taking unilateral steps and to make sure that any measures taken are in line with the relevant law,” added Commissioner Malmström.

President Barroso directed Malmström to coordinate the diplomatic efforts with the Danish authorities in regards to their intentions to introduce harsher measures to fight cross border crime and tax evasion.

“The Commission stands ready to continue the dialogue with Denmark. But it will, if needed, use the tools at its disposal to guarantee the respect of EU law,” concluded the Commissioner.

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