The Parliament votes to strengthen European borders
Following the vote of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs in favour of revising the Frontex Agency regulation a few weeks ago, MEPs adopted this week the revision by a very large majority.
The mandate of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) will thus be broadening as well as its operational capabilities in order to address current weaknesses in the functioning of the agency. Additional funds for recruitment will allow the agency to progressively hire a standing corps of 10.000 operational staff by 2027. Besides, 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.
French MEP, Nathalie Griesbeck, rapporteur on this file for ALDE group, who defended this position with strength and conviction, welcomes the prompt adoption of this Regulation: « As I attend the last plenary session of my mandate as a Member of the European Parliament, I am very proud of the adoption of this regulation, which is particularly important for the security of our Union's external borders. During all the negotiations, I defended a European and operational position. This real step forward proves the misguided approach of all sovereignist and populist MEPs who wrongly believe that these two notions are incompatible. To effectively protect all our external borders, the answer today is European. »