EU Commission to Discuss Asylum-System Reforms on Wednesday

The European Commission will this week discuss reforms to Europe’s system for dealing with asylum seekers and will debate potential next steps for the so-called Schengen area after governments reintroduced passport controls in response to the refugee crisis.

The commissioners on Wednesday “will discuss a proposal to reform Dublin on the basis of the options set out,” commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva told reporters in Brussels on Monday, referring to the Dublin Convention for handling asylum seekers. “You could expect a decision and there will be commissioners to debrief after that.”

The commission, the European Union executive, “also will discuss the next steps to be taken according to the road map of March 4 to get back to the spirit of Schengen,” Andreeva said. The commission in March proposed an end-of-year target date for lifting internal border checks.

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