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Berlin and Paris want to strengthen Frontex, report says

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Germany and France have asked the European Commission to strengthen the European border protection agency Frontex, according to German media.

According to a report in Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, the two countries’ interior ministers have sent a letter to European Immigration and Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos asking the EU’s executive to modify Schengen rules and grant the agency powers to step in and guard a member-state’s external frontier in cases of emergency – even without prior invitation from the state in question.

The EU Commission intends to present a legislative proposal for the strengthening of Frontex on 15 December.