Berlin and Paris want to strengthen Frontex, report says


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.