Director General Matthias Ruete
European Commission - DG Home Affairs - Unit A2
14/7726 - SEK
Report on the application of the implementing decision on internal border
According to the Council’s decision dated 11. November 2016, Norway continues to
carry out border controls in ports with ferry connections with Sweden, Denmark and
Germany. Border controls are targeted and limited in scope, frequency, location and
time, to what is strictly necessary to respond to the threat and to safeguard public policy
and internal security.
Following an operational order from the National Police Directorate to the Chiefs of
police and Chiefs of specialist units of 10 June 2016, the police shall be present at all
ferry arrivals. Controls of individuals are "intelligence based", meaning that they are
based on profiling of passenger lists in Safe Sea Net (SSN) and on other relevant
intelligence information. Controls are not to be based solely on the passenger
belonging to a specific ethnic or religious group.
Based on these orders it is up to the local police districts to perform the controls
according to the specific situation in terms of the character of the ferry connections,
and risk assessment. The focus is on prevention through visible presence of the Police
while at the same time minimizing the use of resources, and at the same time acting in
accordance with the commitments in the Schengen Border Code, as well as national
interests in terms of control of territory and internal security. The impact on regular
traffic is minimal.
During the period from 11. December 2016 until 11. January 2017, passenger lists with
a total of 157 257 persons have been checked, 10 persons have been investigated
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further. No one has been refused entry following the border controls in this period.
Furthermore, no asylum applications have been lodged following a control situation.
The necessity, frequency and location of the controls are reviewed weekly.
Dag Egil Adamsen
Deputy Director General
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The document is approved electronically, as such no handwritten signatures are required.