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Parliamentary questions
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4 January 2019
Question for written answer P-000006-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nadja Hirsch (ALDE)

 Subject:  Prevention of much-needed boosting of Frontex numbers by certain Member States
 Answer in writing 

Secure external EU borders are vital if freedom of movement in the Schengen area is to be maintained. At the request of the majority of the Member States, in September 2018 the Commission proposed providing Frontex, the EU’s border protection agency, with a standing corps of 10 000 officials by 2020, which is 8 500 more than at present.

There is now considerable resistance in many Member State governments to the proposed date for this expansion of Frontex. Even the Austrian Presidency of the Council, which has recently stood down, favours implementing this reinforcement only in 2027.

German Minister for the Interior Seehofer has proposed 2025.

1. Will the Commission name those Member State governments which have opposed, either directly or indirectly, the original timeframe of ‘by 2020’?

2. What reasons were given by those governments for their stance against this timeframe?

3. Does the Commission have an alternative timeframe or plan for changing the standing corps numbers if the original proposal for an increase by 2020 proves unfeasible?

Original language of question: DE 
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