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Greece, Germany, EU to Meet Over Strict Airport Controls

Berlin Airport. Photo Source: @Berlin Airport - SXF & TXL

Berlin Airport. Photo Source: @Berlin Airport – SXF & TXL

The issue of passengers from Greece being subject to rigid security checks at German airports despite belonging to the Schengen Zone will be discussed on Wednesday, by EU, Germany and Greece authorities, according to Natasha Bertaud, European Commission spokesperson for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship.

Bertaud said Germany was one of the member states that had temporarily restored internal border controls, with particular emphasis on flights from Greece in efforts to address the risk of illegal migration.

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“The Commission takes note of the assurances made by Germany that these measures are targeted and limited to what is strictly necessary to safeguard public policy and internal security while the impact on freedom of movement will be small,” Bertaud said.

Meanwhile, Aegean Airlines issued a statement informing passengers flying to Germany that “with immediate effect and until further notice, German authorities are reintroducing border controls on all passengers arriving from Greece at German airports… and will also include additional inspections of travel documents”.

According to complaints made by Greek travelers, tighter security screenings at German airports have been in effect since November 12, with all aircraft from Greece required to land in specially designated areas.

It should be noted, that EU member states retain the right to impose stricter inspections for a year with the possibility of two six-month extensions if internal security reasons are cited.

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