The EU increases safety on the train journey: After the assault on the Thalys train in the Amsterdam - Paris flight, the tightening of security measures on the train journey in Europe is on the agenda.
However, there is a concern that the measures will contradict the principles of bir open society lü and will limit freedom of travel.
For this reason, the member states of the European Union (EU) say they are seeking measures that do not undermine the balance between freedom and security.
On the international train journeys, arranging the tickets according to the identity name and sharing the regular information between the EU countries are among the agenda measures.
Following a meeting of the EU interior and transportation ministers in Paris at the weekend, the Netherlands is implementing a series of security measures.
Security and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur said the police and royal special units will conduct security checks on international trains.
According to the Dutch minister, strict security measures will be taken at the platforms and security forces will patrol around.
However, there is a broad section in the EU that argues that such security measures will not be sufficient.
Eurostar trains run between England and France with strict security checks.
After the attack on 2004 in Madrid, the baggage of the train passengers in Spain began to be checked for security.
After the last attack, the extreme right-wing parties, particularly the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV), demanding stricter measures, including the cancellation of the Schengen visa.
As well as the airports of the railway stations to the control gates are among the suggestions.
But at the EU ministers' summit in Paris, these proposals did not attract attention. The Dutch Security and Justice Minister argued that the security door was a "heavy" measure.
”Let's not exaggerate security measures, ım said Violeta Bulc, EU Commissioner in charge of transport.
The European ministers also made it clear that the Schengen visa could not be the subject of bargaining.
Van der Steur stated that the Schengen agreement was one of the foundations of the EU. Referring to the importance of the free movement in the EU for the economy, the Dutch minister rejected Schengen's limitation proposals.
Concern about limiting freedoms
Dutch Security and Justice Minister van der Steur said the measures taken could not prevent 100 of attacks, X We want to do to ensure the balance of security and freedom Hollanda.
The measures to be taken do not delay travel; freedom of travel and free circulation.
One of the measures most likely to be implemented in this respect is the introduction of an obligation to provide identification on the train journey between countries.
An attempted attack on the Thalys train was recalled by Eyub al-Kazzani, who received a train ticket in Brussels.
The Dutch minister said the proposal for identity obligation will be discussed at a meeting of the EU transport ministers to be held in October.
Another suggestion that the European ministers are approaching is the tight control and information sharing. Identity control and regular information sharing between countries are expected to improve security.
Making the information available standard and easy to share is also on the EU's agenda in October.
The risk of security measures reaching the limits to limit freedoms creates anxiety in the Netherlands.
The Dutch Labor Party (PvdA), which is the ruling partner of the Netherlands, points to this risk, while Jeroen Recourt of PvdA considers the measures for rail transport as (showy Hollanda. He warns that security measures should not contradict the notion of open and free society.