Parliament votes to better protect European borders
ALDE MEPs have welcomed today the outcome of the plenary vote to strengthen the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex). MEPs voted in favour of broadening Frontex's mandate and operational capabilities in order to address current weaknesses in the agency's functioning. Additional funds for recruitment will allow the agency to progressively hire a standing corps of 10.000 operational staff by 2027. The proposed new rules clarify the role of Frontex in search and rescue activities, as well as allowing it to provide technical and practical support to Members States in return operations. ALDE has been a vocal advocate of these changes to the common EU boarder management to guarantee the smooth functioning of the Schengen area of free movement.
Our rapporteur for the file, Nathalie Griesbeck MEP, commented after the vote:
"This revision is a double success: on the one hand, we broaden the scope of the agency and make it more European via the creation of the standing corps. On the other hand, we strongly reinforce the operational work of Frontex. These two key aspects will actively contribute to the protection of our external borders. "
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