Brussels has told EU countries that closed their borders because of the migrant crisis to reopen them by November.
Austria, Denmark, Germany, Sweden and non-EU Norway introduced the ID checks in 2015 and have been allowed to repeatedly prolong them at set intervals.
The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, said it would now only recommend one final half-year extension from mid-May.
Brussels has told EU countries that closed their borders because of the migrant crisis to reopen them by November (pictured, refugees at the Hungarian border with Serbia in 2015)
Sweden said earlier on Tuesday that it was scrapping the checks.
‘The time has come to take the last concrete steps to gradually return to a normal functioning of the Schengen area,’ EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said.
‘This will be the last prolongation.’
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