EU plans to restore Schengen free travel by end-2016

The United Nations has warned of a looming humanitarian crisis as thousands of people remain stuck in miserable winter conditions on the Greece-Macedonia borderThe European Union on Friday unveiled a “roadmap” to end border controls reintroduced by member states because of the migrant crisis and restore by year’s end the Schengen passport-free travel area. Brussels called for the creation of an EU coastguard force by the summer, help for Greece to strengthen its external border, and to ensure the cooperation of Turkey in stemming the flow of migrants. “Let me be crystal clear on the ultimate objective of today’s roadmap,” EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos told a news conference.

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