Europe to strengthen control at EU external borders

Europe to strengthen control at EU external borders

EU President Donald Tusk said that all the heads of state and government of the EU countries agree on the need to protect the Schengen Zone.

"In this context, we agreed to examine the European Commission's proposal of strengthening the EU's external borders, including the European Border Guard idea. The ministers should adopt their positions by July, but the heads of state and government agree. This means that in the future Europe will not remain vulnerable because the Schengen border is insufficiently protected," Interfax cited him as saying.

According to him, he was notified by the Frontex border agency of an agreement with Greece on deploying a Rapid Border Intervention Team in December and it is a good news.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, in his turn, said that he is satisfied that the Commission's proposals on protecting the external borders was broadly welcomed by the heads of state and government. "We agreed to adopt all the text including the legislative text connected to this issue and the proposals after the end of June in other words the end of the Dutch presidency," he said.

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