Avramopoulos welcomes Germany’s decision to suspend border controls for flights from Greece

European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos on Wednesday welcomed a decision by German authorities to suspend systematic border controls at German airports for passengers arriving from Greece.

“I want to congratulate German and Greek police authorities, since this was achieved thanks to the close cooperation between them,” Avramopoulos noted and added: “I will have the opportunity tomorrow to discuss the next steps with the Interior Minister of Germany Mr. [Horst] Seehofer in Berlin.”

In a letter sent to the European Commission on April 12, Seehofer informed the Commission that Germany will not extend systematic border checks on incoming flights from Greece after May 12, when the current six-month period of border controls ends. The decision is expected to greatly reduce the inconvenience and delays for passengers, who experienced long queues and delays on arrival in Germany. Border controls will remain, however, on the land border between Germany and Austria.

According to the German ministry, the border checks had shown that there was no significant difference in irregular arrivals in Germany on flights from Greece. Systematic border checks will therefore be suspended and be replaced with occasional checks.