The Dutch government has decided to deploy a Coast Guard surveillance plane to Italy to participate in the new Frontex joint operation. The Dutch decision was announced by Immigration and Asylum Minister Gerd Leers on Friday. The plane and two Dutch border guards are scheduled to be deployed for at least six weeks beginning 21 February.
The Financial Times reports today that the Frontex joint operation may be operational early next week and that details are being finalised at a meeting that is taking place today in Rome between European Commission and Italian officials. According to the FT article, one topic under discussion is the situation in Libya and the possibility for a larger wave of migrants should the situation in Libya become more unstable or should Gaddafi’s government collapse.