The European Parliament today adopted the European Commission's proposal to strengthen the European Union's border management agency, Frontex. Frontex will have more equipment and personnel from Member States at its disposal, thus enabling it to better coordinate border patrol operations of EU Member States.
For instance, Frontex will be deploying European Border Guard Teams in the near future. These teams will consist of national border guards assigned or seconded by Member States. The Agency it will now have the ability to acquire or lease its own technical equipment such as vessels or helicopters for border surveillance. What is more, it will be able to provide technical assistance to relevant third countries in order to increase the level of cooperation.
At the same time, the visibility of fundamental rights obligations and references to various international law instruments is increased: a Fundamental Rights Officer to assist in matters having implications for fundamental rights and a Consultative Forum on Fundamental Rights will be created also involving relevant international organisations and NGOs.