Greek police have filed a request with the European border guard agency Frontex and other EU countries for an exception to the rules on rigorous border checks introduced for the Schengen area. The request is for an 18-month break in strict border control.
Under the recently adopted rules, Schengen countries are required to screen all passengers across borders – land, water and air, including citizens from other EU countries.
The system checks, however, cause serious queues at airports in the country, including at Athens International Airport and at the border with Bulgaria and Macedonia.
With the onset of the summer season, the situation will become more complicated. Authorities add that they will continue to carry out “targeted” checks for suspected terrorists and human trafficking.