ID border control between Denmark and Sweden for bus, train and ferries has been extended for another three months.
As reported by the CPH Post Online, the decision was made on November 2 during an extraordinary government meeting.
The temporary Swedish legislation regarding the ID control between the two countries was set to expire and a new decision regarding the border control in both nations are expected to be made before November 12.
The news comes on the heels of 565 Øresund commuters demanding 25 million kroner from the Swedish state in compensation for their lost income due to its ID border controls.
Since the heightened border ID control between Denmark and Sweden was established last December, commuters have experienced longer travel times, unclear arrival times, poorer travel quality and fatigue, among other negatives, reported CPH Post Online.
In a separate report, The Local quoted a representative of Sweden’s infrastructure minister Anna Johansson as saying: “The government has decided that the checks are necessary at present for public order and internal security in Sweden”.
The infrastructure minister’s press secretary clarified to The Local that the November 3 call does not cover the decision over border controls in the south of Sweden, a separate issue which is also expected to be concluded in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven defended extending the photo ID checks, which will now last until February 2017, insisting that the security situation in the region is still not stable.
“We have to take order and safety in our country into account,” Löfven told news agency TT. “We can still see an uncertainty.”