Commission proposes a Border Management Agency to improve border controls

On 11 November, the Commission will present a proposal on the a Border Management Agency with a view to getting the agency up and running as quickly as possible.

During its weekly meeting on 11 November, the Commission will
present a proposal to expedite the setting up of a Border
Management Agency. The agency is designed to co-ordinate the
monitoring of land, air and sea borders, especially in the
Mediterranean. It will head the national Border Management Centres
and the Air Border Centre plus two Maritime Border Centres and
co-ordinate several co-operation projects in the fields of risk
analysis, harmonisation of equipment, surveillance and training of
border guards.

One of the main outstanding issues to be decided is the location
of the agency. Several countries are keen to host an agency which
will bring in millions of euros of investment.

 

In its report on the European Council on 16-17 October,
Statewatch pointed out that the setting up of a Border Management
Agency was another sign of "Fortress Europe".

 

During the European Council on 16-17 October, EU Heads of State
and Government said they were in favour of creating a Border
Management Agency to manage borders more effectively.

 

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