EU executive eyes fixing open border Schengen zone by year-end

March 4, 2016 11:04 AM

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EU executive eyes fixing open border Schengen zone by year-end

BRUSSELS The European Commission outlined a plan on Friday to restore the fraying 26-nation Schengen open border area by year-end, warning it would cost the European economy up to 18 billion euros ($19.7 bln) a year if passport-free travel collapses.

Ahead of an emergency European Union summit with Turkey next Monday to discuss how to halt an influx of migrants that has driven several EU and Western Balkan states to re-impose border controls, the EU executive proposed no new measures but set out a timetable to rescue the Schengen zone by Decembe...

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