Obviously, there is an area of conflict between the demands for national
sovereignty, on the one hand, and the requirements for the proper functioning of
the EU Single Market as well as the demand for solidarity and a fair distribution
of responsibilities within the EU, on the other hand.
Both the Commission and
those member states facing high migration pressure cite the latter principles.
In fact, internal border controls do not square with the freedom of movement in
the Single Market. Consequently, measures that aim to reduce secondary
migration, such as the proposals to harmonise the asylum procedures and the
reception conditions, are to be welcomed.
They could contribute to the lasting abolishment of border controls within the
Single Market and thus enhance the market’s efficiency. It therefore makes
sense that, in recent debates, the Bulgarian presidency and some member
states such as Germany have put the focus on these measures.