Agreement made over European border and coast guard

A proposal by the European Commission to establish a European Border and Coast Guard , has been approved .

The European Parliament, Council and Commission have reached an agreement, endorsed by the Council today, paving the way for the reinforced Agency to be up and running starting this summer. The agency will have the ability to draw on a reserve pool of people and equipment and will provide support to all Member States with the ability to identify and intervene any potential border weaknesses in advance, and not when it’s too late. Member states will continue to keep their competence and sovereignty whilst managing their external border day to day.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “The agreement on the creation of a European Border and Coast Guard shows that Europe is able to act swiftly and resolutely to deal with common challenges” and added that “As of now, Europe treats the protection of its borders as a common mission of solidarity.”

The initial proposal, which dates back to September last year, highlighted concerns that the Schengen area without internal borders is only sustainable if the external borders are effectively secured and protected.

It is thought that the new Border and Coast Guard will help to manage migration more effectively, improve the internal security of the European Union, and safeguard the principle of free movement of persons across all EU member countries.

Source: European Commission

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