French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed the creation of a Schengen Council to "better anticipate crises and react more quickly, as Europeans, to evaluate our frailties and better protect our external borders."
French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday (February 2) said that, in order to "better anticipate crises and react more quickly, as Europeans, to evaluate our frailties and better protect our external borders, I wish for the creation of a Schengen Council."
The president was addressing an informal gathering of interior ministers of the European Union in Tourcoing, in northern France, according to a tweet published on his profile. Macron intervened in the framework of the French rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union.
'A platform to deal with crises at the borders'
"In order to deal with crises at our external borders," Macron wrote, summing up the proposal he made during the meeting in Tourcoing, in the north of France, "I propose the implementation of a European platform. It will allow us to join all forces of our Union, all our tools, in a supportive, effective and fast way."
"Our external borders are shared, our space of common free circulation must be preserved -- warned Macron -- it is therefore as Europeans that we must build a response to the challenges of asylum and migration, with effectiveness and solidarity."
Contrary to common practice, Macron personally joined the informal meeting of interior ministers, with the objective of giving stronger impulse to the Schengen reform, a very rare move by a sitting president.