Candidate for prime minister, Erna Solberg (Høyre/the Conservative Party) agrees with the Progress Party that the Schengen agreement can and should be improved.
Although Solberg does not agree with the Progress Party that Norway should sign out of the European border cooperation, she does say that there is considerable room for change.
"I do think that we should discuss with other countries how we can make faster deportations feasable both inside and outside of the EU," says Solberg. We can look at how to make imprisonment possible in other countries, and how inbound travel in certain countries inside of Schengen actually can work," the Conservative Party leader tells Aftenposten.
At their national party congress this spring, the Progress Party, stated that the border cooperation within Schengen needs to be renegotiated, or that Norway should sign out of the agreement if the desired terms are not achieved.
Solberg, however thinks that certain changes should be made to avoid criminal groups who travel and take advantage of the lack of border controls inside the Schengen area.
"This is part of the how the terms within Schengen are being developed, but I do not think that signing out of the Schengen agreement all together is a good idea," Solberg explains.