Revision of the Frontex Agency Regulation
This week, members of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs voted in favour of revising the Frontex Agency's Regulation. The Agency's mandate is thus considerably strengthened thanks to a permanent quota of 10,000 staff. In particular, the new regulation will allow teams to participate in return operations and to strengthen the security of the European Union's external borders. The vote will have to be confirmed in Strasbourg by the European Parliament at the last plenary session in April.
French MEP Nathalie Griesbeck, rapporteur for her parliamentary group on this issue, welcomed this progress: « This revision is a twofold success: on the one hand, we are europeanising the functioning of the Agency and thus the integrated management of our borders through the creation of this permanent body in particular. On the other hand, we are significantly strengthening the Agency's operational work. These two key aspects will contribute effectively to consolidating the protection of our external borders. »