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Parliamentary question - E-009417/2014(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Mr Avramopoulos on behalf of the Commission

The activities of the Frontex Agency are confined to its legal framework as established by its founding regulation[1], Article 3 of which ‘Joint operations and pilot projects at the external borders’ sets out the conditions for Frontex joint operations. These operations need to be initiated by a Member State requesting increased technical and operational assistance or on an own-initiative by the Agency in cooperation with the Member States concerned.

The competent Spanish border control authorities have not asked or cooperated with the Frontex Agency to deploy a joint operation in Ceuta and/or Melilla.

Member States are responsible for the control and management of their sections of the external borders. The Commission is not in a position to comment on the specific operational needs of an individual Member State.