Euro Par­lia­ment OKs new agency to re­place Fron­tex

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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.

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