EU to tighten border checks to attempt to detect Syria fighters

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March 12, 2015 21:11

 
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BRUSSELS - European countries will carry out by June deeper checks on EU citizens entering the passport-free Schengen area, based on a set of "common risk indicators" aimed at singling out fighters returning from war zones and other dangerous people.

European Union home affairs ministers agreed on Thursday to enhance controls at the borders of the Schengen area following a call by EU leaders for stricter checks after the Islamist attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Border control authorities will use the risk indicators "when conducting systematic checks on persons," said EU home affairs commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos.

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