Stronger European Border and Coast Guard to secure EU’s borders

border 2019

The abandoned buildings of the former border crossing between France and Germany, Gambsheim. © European Union , 2011 / Source: EC – Audiovisual Service / Photo: Johanna Leguerre.

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.


New measures to strengthen the European Border and Coast Guard to better address migratory and security challenges were backed by the Civil Liberties Committee.

The revision of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) aims to remedy the current shortcomings, respond to the present needs and ensure the EU’s strategic readiness in the future in the field of security and migration.

A new standing corps of 10 000 staff five years after new rules take effect

Civil Liberties Committee MEPs agreed on setting up a new standing corps to support EU countries on the ground. The new standing corps could, at the request of a member state, carry out border control, migration management or return tasks. It would also include a rapid reaction pool for rapid border interventions.

The standing corps would consist of 5 000 operational staff from both the Agency and member states, two years after the new rules take effect. The number would gradually rise to 10 000 operational staff five years after the entry into force of the rules. Currently the Agency relies solely on member states’ contributions through an annual pledging procedure.

More efficient return procedures and cooperation with non-EU countries

The updated Agency would be able to support return procedures in member states, for example by identifying irregularly staying non-EU nationals and assisting EU countries in obtaining travel documents for those subject to return. The new rules would also strengthen the cooperation between the European Border and Coast Guard Agency and the EU Asylum Agency to ensure coordination between the two agencies.

With the new rules, the Agency would be able to organise joint operations with non-EU countries beyond the current limitation to countries neighbouring the EU. Civil Liberties MEPs also agreed on several safeguards to ensure the respect for fundamental rights in return interventions and in activities with third countries.

Quote

Rapporteur Roberta Metsola (EPP, MT) said: “This is a milestone moment, we have shown Europe’s added value by addressing citizens’ main concern across the EU. This new law will mean 10 000 new border and coast guards whose main aim is to better protect our borders and fight cross border crime. This law is fair to those in need of protection, firm with those who do not and tough on those who seek to exploit the most vulnerable.”

Next steps

The draft report was adopted by 35, to 9, 8 abstentions.

The committee also approved a mandate to start informal talks with the Council, which still requires plenary’s green light. Furthermore, before the negotiations can start, the Council has to complete its now partial general approach.

Background

Frontex was established in 2004 to improve the integrated management of the external borders. Two years ago, Frontex was expanded to become the European Border and Coast Guard Agency that it is today. During the migration crisis, the Agency’s operational needs to support frontline member states have quadrupled: from operations requiring the deployment of 52 359 worker-days in 2014 up to 189 705 worker-days in 2017.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Genocide threat for Myanmar’s Rohingya greater than ever, investigators warn Human Rights Council

6 ways China and the United States could jumpstart trade reforms

How young people are shaping the future of sustainable fashion

Transport Committee approves major reform of road transport sector

Five ways individuals can help save the oceans

Missile strike kills at least 12 civilians, including children, in Syria’s Idlib: UN humanitarians

This is what a smart city should do for its people

Germany readies to pay for the Brexit gap in EU finance

EU is now giving Google new monopolies to the detriment of European citizens and Internet companies

Commission to decide definitely on genetically modified Maize 1507 seed

Vaccinations and the movement of anti-vaccers

Traditional finance is failing millennials. Here’s how investing needs to change

Civil society groups matter for Cambodia’s sustainable development: UN expert

‘Embrace the transformation’ to a carbon-neutral world by 2050, UN chief tells COP25

Women in Switzerland have gone on strike – this is why

Global Citizen – Volunteer Internships

MWC 2016 LIVE: Ingenu steps up efforts to build LPWA networks across the globe

‘Stop and listen’ to victims of terrorism, UN chief urges in message marking international day

UN agency plan tackles ‘hidden cost’ of gold, paves way for safer, mercury-free mining

These 5 countries plan to slash their CO2 emissions. But how will they do it?

Circular Plastics Alliance: 100+ signatories commit to use 10 million tons of recycled plastic in new products by 2025

Coronavirus has exposed human rights gaps. We need to fix this

Russia and the West to partition Ukraine?

“China will strive to enhance the performance of economic growth”, President Xi highlights from the World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos

Sustainable finance: Commission publishes guidelines to improve how firms report climate-related information and welcomes three new important reports on climate finance by leading experts

Sweden is a top performer on well-being. Here’s why

COVID-19: Commission launches European team of scientific experts to strengthen EU coordination and medical response

Pandemic and quarantine: What can we do for our mental health?

Larger species are more at risk of extinction than smaller ones – here’s why

Cyprus banks under scrutiny

Trade negotiations with US can start under certain conditions

Currency Union might not let an independent Scotland join the EU as the “Yes” front now leads

We must stop a devastating ‘battle to the end’ in southwest Syria, declares UN envoy

Radio still a powerful worldwide tool for ‘dialogue, tolerance and peace’: Guterres

Boom in Artificial Intelligence patents, points to ‘quantum leap’ in tech: UN report

UN envoy says he ‘is ready to go to Idlib’ to help ensure civilian safety amid rising fears of government offensive

Young activists share four ways to create a more inclusive world

Doctors without borders

Meet the woman prescribing books as a cure

UN-based World Summit Award (WSA) presents its master list on digital innovation with impact on society from 24 countries

‘Historic’ new Syria talks should focus on relief for war-weary civilians, says UN negotiator

10 months were not enough for the EU to save the environment but 2 days are

Who really cares about the 26.2 million of EU jobless?

Hostilities in Syria’s southwest, mean cuts in vital aid across Jordanian border: Senior UN official

Commission takes further action to ensure professionals can fully benefit from the Single Market

‘Historic’ moment: Palestine takes reins of UN coalition of developing countries

‘Repeated attacks’ could close down key hospital in eastern Libya, says WHO

A Sting Exclusive: “Paris is the moment for climate justice”, Swedish MEP Linnéa Engström claims from Brussels

1 in 7 people would choose not to fly because of climate change

Students in Milan are moving in with the elderly to fight loneliness and save money

The JADE Spring Meeting is about to begin

A young doctor from Glasgow reports: in the UK refugees are left to rot

COP24: green, gender focus, as UN’s crucial climate change conference gets underway

Will we join hands for a tomorrow without antimicrobial resistance?

8 steps towards a sustainable economic recovery

What we need for a better European Solidarity Corps

Tobacco in Pakistan: is it worth to burn your money?

The Council unblocks all EU budgets

Restore land to save the planet, boost the economy, says head of UN body combating desertification

UN condemns attack that leaves one ‘blue helmet’ dead in Central African Republic

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s