Delays at the borders with Germany and Sweden will be significantly reduced from this morning onwards, after confirmation there will be no more routine passport checks carried out by Danish border officers.
Germany: In place for over seven years
From today, 85 fewer working years will be deployed annually to the German-Danish border, where motorists will still be required to slow down, but will hardly be stopped.
A temporary border control is still in place – until 11 November 2023 – but it is now much relaxed.
Since the checkpoint opened on 4 January 2016, queues have often occurred due to the checkpoints: especially at weekends, Friday afternoons and on the occasion of German public holidays.
On such occasions the average waiting time was 15 minutes, told a regular commuter to DR.
Sweden: completely stopped at the Danish end
At the Danish end of the Øresund Bridge, all controls will cease completely in the meantime.
The Swedish police will, however, continue to check motorists on their way in and out of Sweden.
Control at the Swedish-Danish border has been in place since 12 November 2019.
Concerns addressed by reduced crime requirements
The Danish People’s Party has spoken out against the measures.
“It is the completely wrong way to go. Europe and the EU are heading into a migration crisis, so it goes without saying that we should strengthen border control – not relax,” says spokesman Peter Kofod to DR.
Henrik Frandsen of the governing party Moderates countered that the changes along the German-Swedish border will enable the police to devote more time to stopping “criminal masterminds who operate across national borders”.
The national police office agreed with Frandsen’s assessment that “border control will be strengthened”.
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Source: The Nordic Page