Euro Parliament OKs new agency to replace Frontex
Seeking to stem the uncontrolled influx of people into the European Union, the European Parliament yesterday approved the creation of a new joint European border and coast guard agency to replace Frontex in a bid to reinforce the management and security of its borders.
The new agency will have the power to act pre-emptively to avoid a repeat of the recent refugee crises. It will be based on the existing structures of Frontex and is due to be operational in September.
“This is the Europe of responsibility, solidarity and action,” said European Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, who expressed satisfaction that a proposal he made six months ago is finally becoming a reality.
The creation of the new body also helps to firmly establish a long-held Greek position that its borders are Europe’s borders.
The European Parliament is now expected to hold a vote on technical issues before the EU Council backs the proposal.