Parliament to vote on common European Border and Coast Guard plans
Plans to set up an EU border control system, bringing together the EU’s Frontex border agency and national border management authorities, will be debated on Tuesday and voted on Wednesday. Under these plans, national authorities will still manage their borders on a day-to-day basis but, if their EU external borders are under pressure, they will be able to seek help from the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (EBCG), which will be able to rapidly deploy border guard teams to those borders.
The EBCG Agency will not have its own guards but will be able to call on a pool of guards to be supplied by EU member states.
In cases where a member state faces increased pressures on its external border, such as disproportionate migratory pressure or cross-border crime, rapid border intervention teams could be temporarily deployed either at the request of a member state or by Council decision. The operational plan should be agreed by the member state concerned and the EBCG before deployment can take place.
If the member state concerned does not comply with a Council decision, and the situation poses a threat to the Schengen area, other EU states will be able to reimpose checks at their borders with that state,
The Agency will also have a greater role in returning migrants to their country of origin.
Debate: Tuesday, 5 July
Vote: Wednesday, 6 July
Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure, first reading agreement
Press conference Wednesday, 6 July at 15.00
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