French President Macron Vows to Present Schengen Area Reform Project
15:28 GMT 09.12.2021 (Updated: 19:01 GMT 03.11.2022)
The Schengen Area area comprises 26 European countries that have a common visa policy.
France intends to initiate the Schengen area reform during its rotating presidency in the EU, President Emmanuel Macron said.
"We are initiating during this presidency the reform of the Schengen area around two priorities. The first is the introduction of the political administration of the Schengen area, as we did with the euro area," Macron said during a press conference, adding that Europe needs to better protect its external borders.
The French president also proposed to introduce a mechanism for emergency border support in the event of a crisis.
The French President believes the migrant crisis on the European Union's eastern flank demonstrated the need for action.
According to Macron, the EU needs to define a new defence strategy that would strengthen its ability to defend itself. He added, however, that NATO remains a useful and effective alliance.
As he outlined France's plans for the EU presidency, Macron also mentioned the need for the EU to play a greater role in establishing security in West African Sahel where French soldiers are deployed.
27 September 2021, 15:58 GMT
The French President said the EU has to adopt a different budget framework and change its deficit rules to boost post-pandemic investment. The aim is to "make Europe a great continent of production, innovation and job creation," Macron said.
France is taking over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union from January to June 2022.