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Tuesday 20th March 2018

The EU Abandons the Idea of Creating European Border Guards

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7Dnews London

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 20:24 GMT

The goal of mobilising 10,000 border guards under the European flag by 2020 is "unattainable," the Austrian presidency of the European Union said on Thursday, reaffirming reservations by member states about a UNHCR project to tackle illegal immigration.

Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Keckel said during a meeting with his European counterparts in Brussels that the European Commission's ambitions "really go beyond what is achievable."

"I think the 10,000 number is very good, but the question remains how we collect this number and in any time period."

In September, the European Commission proposed a significant strengthening of the European Border Guard and Coast Guard Agency (the new name of Frontex) and wanted to equip it with its own equipment and an expanded mandate.


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