27 January 2008
Here is the Commission's blurb on its upcoming border package:
The Commission will adopt a "border management package" aiming at improving external border control standards while strengthening the protection of the victims of the traffic of human beings. In this context, the package foresees:
A) A Communication on Entry/exit system and other border management tools (e.g. Electronic Travel Authorization) which main aims are to strengthen border control procedures on third-country nationals to help better management of migration flows, preventing illegal immigration, as well as any possible threats to the security of the EU and to facilitate border crossing (both on arrival and on departure from the EU) to both EU citizens and third-country nationals bona fide travellers, thus allowing to better focus resources on border controls.
B) A report on the evaluation and future development of Frontex that will be an essential assessment for the feasibility of establishing a European system of border guards should be assessed.
C) A Communication intending to propose the setting up of tree phased European Border Surveillance System. This surveillance system should noticeably increase internal security in the Schengen area by preventing illegal immigration, trafficking of human beings, terrorism etc., but also reduce considerably the tragic death toll of illegal immigrants by rescuing more lives at sea.
Border control and management are an essential and integral part of the EU common approach to migration. Complementary to the facilitation of legal immigration and in order to maintain the credibility of its immigration policies the EU needs to step up its policy against illegal immigration, in particular via combating illegal employment in the EU, the main pull factor for illegal immigration, but also by jointly controlling and managing its external borders efficiently, in full respect of human rights whilst protecting those seeking asylum or international protection.
Press Conference by Vice President F.Frattini and Technical briefing. Time tbc
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