Back on 9th October I documented a non-Schengen compliant border control that took place on a train between St Jean de Maurienne and Modane – see the full details here. I put all that information into a full and official complaint to the European Commission, and today (about 2 weeks late) received a reply. I have redacted names and reference numbers from the letter below. Click the image to read it at full resolution.
The essence of the response from the Commission is what happened is not a border control, and does not act as the equivalent of a border check, hence what happened was not contrary to the Schengen borders code. I get a couple of lines right near the end saying they understand the frustration, but am told “there is not enough evidence” to suggest that the check was contrary to the borders code. They also state there will be no follow up or action taken by the European Commission.
So Schengen is a myth then? Or is there something else I can do now?