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The commission proposals will be sent to EU member states and MEPs next week, but final approval could take over a year (Photo: Marta Arribas, Madrid, Spain)

EU countries say 'No' to commission powers on border control

Three leading countries have told the European Commission that its bid to take control of the EU's passport-free travel system will not fly.

The interior ministers of Germany, France and Spain in a joint statement to press on Tuesday (10 September) said: "We believe that respecting [this] core area of national sovereignty is very important to the member states. We therefore do not share the European Commission's views on assuming responsibility for making decisions on operational measu...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

The commission proposals will be sent to EU member states and MEPs next week, but final approval could take over a year (Photo: Marta Arribas, Madrid, Spain)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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