The Malta Independent reports that Maltese MEP Simon Busuttil has been appointed the European Parliament’s rapporteur on the review of the law establishing the Frontex agency. “As a rapporteur, Dr Busuttil will draw up the position of the European Parliament, including amendments to the proposal of the European Commission to change the agency’s legal framework. The changes must be agreed by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.”
MEP Busuttil is quoted as saying: “If we want an internal EU area without borders then we should share the responsibility of protecting our external borders. Co-ordination of our air, land and sea borders must improve.” “In Malta we know that Frontex has not performed up to our expectations and I am keen to use the Maltese experience in order to improve the agency where it did not work well.” “Nevertheless, I am mindful of the fact that this agency is not there just for the Mediterranean but for all of Europe and for all of Europe’s borders, including its air and land borders. I will therefore be taking a holistic approach.”
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