In an announcement tonight eurocrats said there was no justification for keeping police checkpoints at frontiers within the bloc and said they must be removed by the end of the year.
The diktat means that Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway will all have to swiftly find alternative ways to police irregular movements of people across their borders.
rance, which has had checkpoints in place at its borders since the November 2015 terror attacks, is the only country to be exempted as it is still in a state of emergency.
Announcing the measure tonight, the EU’s migration chief Dimitris Avramopoulos said the time had come to “return to a normal functioning of the Schengen area”.
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He added that the five member states, which have been given a final six month extension to get their border controls in order, had been made aware of what was expected of them.
The Greek official said: “Schengen is one of the greatest achievements of the European project and the most tangible example of European integration.
“We must do everything to safeguard protect and defend it. But the only way to do this is in a joint, European and coordinated way.
“What we propose today is to gradually phase out temporary internal border controls whilst at the same time strengthening the usual, proportionate police checks across the territory of the member states.”