The Schengen area initially had its legal basis outside the European Economic Community at the time, since it was created by a subgroup of Community Member States with two international agreements: before entering into an agreement with a neighbouring country, the Schengen State must obtain the agreement of the European Commission, which must confirm that the draft agreement is in accordance with the regulation. The agreement can only be concluded if the neighbouring EEA state and the Swiss on the Schengen side of the border area at least grant reciprocal rights and accept the repatriation of those who have abused the border agreement. To address these shortcomings, the Schengen Agreement should be suspended for a limited period – up to 12 months. Commuters, industry, small businesses, truck drivers and tour operators would complain. That is what they should be doing. The inconvenience and economic costs would be high. But it could finally concentrate the brains of EU governments. The Schengen suspension should be used during this period to remedy the abysmal failures of the system and the EU`s abysmal failures in managing the refugee crisis. Following the entry into force of the new regime on 7 April 2017, significantly longer waiting times were reported at many external border crossing points, especially as it was just before the Easter holidays.

Travellers entering Slovenia from Croatia (although a Member State of the European Union is not yet a member of the Schengen area) had to wait several hours, with Slovenian border guards systematically checking the travel documents of all travellers (including those who have the right to move freely) using relevant databases. [199] Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar acknowledged that the situation was “unacceptable”. In order to mitigate long queues, the systematic verification of travel documents for persons with the right of free movement was temporarily suspended between the evening of April 7, 2017 and the end of the weekend. [200] [201] The following weekend, however, long queues formed. [202] Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic criticized the situation as “unsustainable” and expressed concern about the impact on tourism (which accounts for 18% of Croatian GDP). Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, President of Croatia, sent an official letter to the European Commission expressing concern about the impact of the new regime on border controls. [203] At a meeting on 29 April 2017, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Cerar and Plenkovic agreed that the systematic monitoring of travel documents of persons entitled to travel on relevant databases at border crossings between Croatia and Slovenia would be suspended when the waiting time exceeds 15 minutes (instead of 15 minutes). “targeted checks” will be carried out). [204] Long queues were also reported at border crossing points at Greece`s external borders, where the Hellenic Police Directorate (which is responsible for border controls) decided to suspend for a period of six months the systematic verification of travel documents of persons with the free movement of persons to relevant databases (with the exception of the Kipoi crossing with Turkey). , for security reasons).