Ministerial Conference on the challenges of the EU External Border Management: extracts from the joint press conference by Franco Frattini and Dragutin Mate, Slovenian Minister for Interior and President in office of the Council
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 12/03/2008 First transmission: 12/03/2008
Following the Ministerial Conference on the challenges of the EU External Border Management, Franco Frattini, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Freedom and Security, and Dragutin Mate, Slovenian Minister for Interior and President in office of the Council, gave a joint press conference on EU's external border and the role of Frontex.
Frontex is the external border security agency of the European Union responsible for coordinating the activities of the national border guards in ensuring the security of the EU's borders with non-Member States. Its mission is to help EU Member States implement EU rules on external border control and to coordinate operational cooperation between Member States in the field of external border management.
Dragutin Mate and Franco Frattini said that EU ministers agreed that Frontex had to be strengthened at least in the short-term, and develop better and more effective cooperation with other EU institutions, such as Europol. A long-term vision was necessary for Frontex. He said a future goal of not only common training but the development of a European Border Guard Corps.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior shots of the Brdo Congress Center and flags (3 shots)
||Arrivals of Franco Frattini and Dragutin Mate at the press conference room (2 shots)
||Dargutin Mate, Slovenian Minister for Interior, talking (in SLOVENIAN) (3 shots)
||Franco Frattini, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Freedom and Security, saying (in ENGLISH) that the idea is to have a European Border Guard Corps; that it's important to have a vision (2 shots)
||Franco Frattini saying (in ENGLISH) that they have a common political goal, shared by all the ministers; that the goal is to facilitate honest travellers circulation (3 shots)
||Cutaways (2 shots)
||Departure (2 shots)