Dutch presidency reaches an agreement on European border controls and coast guards

Dutch presidency and the European Parliament reached an agreement today on setting up European border controls and coast guards. These European border controls and coast guards will reinforce security of Europe's outside borders. Setting up these European border controls and coast guards was one of the priorities of the Dutch presidency.

State Secretary Dijkhoff: “We desperately need European border controls and coast guards in order to structurally reinforce security of our common outer borders. European border controls and coast guards will improve our control over the migration flows and increase our security. The member states and the European parliament made an effort to reach an agreement as soon as possible. The important thing now is to make sure the European border controls and coast guards come into action as soon as possible.”

The European border controls and coast guards will be given more options and greater powers than their predecessor, Frontex. For instance, 1500 border controls will be permanently ready to come into action if security of the outer borders comes under pressure. The agency will also have access to its own resources. The new agency will not only contribute to border control but also to the repatriation of economic migrants.

European border controls and coast guards was one of the most important priorities of the Dutch presidency. In February, the European Council asked for greater speed regarding European border control and, if possible, that an agreement should be reached during the Dutch presidency. Mission accomplished.

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