The external shield of internal security
The EU’s emerging common external border management
in The security dimensions of EU enlargement
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This chapter explores the historical and political background of co-operation between European Union (EU) member states on external border issues. Border security continues to be seen as an important internal security issue in some member states. The chapter analyses the core elements of the Union's emerging common external border management, with a focus on the creation of the EU's new External Borders Agency and the Schengen Borders Code. The language problems in an integrated border guard force, consisting of officials from twenty-five different member states, could only be resolved by agreement on one official language. Since the 2002 Council Action Plan and, as a result of the border security challenges linked to EU enlargement, the Union has made significant progress towards an integrated management of its external borders. The chapter evaluates the progress made, including the limitations and the future prospects of 'integrated external border management' in the enlarged Union.

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