Regulation that Strengthens FRONTEX Mandate Comes into Force
A new regulation that intends to strengthen the mandate of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX) by further supplying it with staff establishing a border force of 10,000 guards, has come into force on December 4, 2019. According to the Executive Director of the agency, with the new border force FRONTEX with be a daily partner to national authorities.
The new regulation also foresees the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) getting incorporated into FRONTEX’s framework, in a bid to improve its functioning.
The regulation, which has been approved by the European Parliament in mid-November grants FRONTEX with a broader mandate to support the activities of EU Member Countries, in particular regarding border control, return and cooperation with third countries.
A press release by FRONTEX says the new border guards will be a crucial part in the effort to better integrate the European Border and Coast Guard which consists of national border and coast guard authorities and FRONTEX.
It also claims it will help strengthen Europe’s ability to respond at its borders by sharing relevant information and regular risk analyses, in addition to the assistance provided to EU countries in predicting challenges at their borders.
The new standing corps foresees 5,000 operational staff by 2021, while the standing corps will be fully operational by 2027 with 10,000 staff. The standing corps will consist of border and coast guards employed by the agency as well as staff seconded on a mandatory basis by EU countries.
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