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Frontex Operation Chronos Delayed Pending Talks With Malta

Times of Malta reports that Frontex will delay the start of its central Mediterranean enforcement mission, Operation Chronos (known in previous years as Operation Nautilus), pending talks between the European Commission and the Maltese Government regarding the new Frontex guidelines governing enforcement operations at sea.   EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström is scheduled to go to Malta for meetings with the Maltese Government on 30 April.  The Times of Malta article states that “Ms Malmström had already announced she would continue speaking to Malta over the Frontex guidelines because she considered the island an important player in the fight against illegal immigration, a Commission official in Brussels said. ‘Ms Malmström has decided to personally visit Malta later this month to engage the government in more talks to try to find a solution acceptable to both parties,’ the official said.”

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Frontex Presentation at European Defence Agency Annual Conference

Rustamas Liubajevas, Head, Frontex Joint Operations Unit, presented a lecture entitled “Frontex within integrated Border management concept – Structural approach in planning capability” at the recent Annual Conference of the European Defence Agency.

Copies of some of his slides are reproduced here.

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Frontex: Operation “Nautilus” to become Operation “Chronos”

During a recent briefing to the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament, Frontex Executive Director Ilkka Laitinen revealed that the Frontex name for its four year old interdiction operation in the central Mediterranean will change from “Nautilus” to “Chronos” as of April 2010.

“According to figures given by Frontex [at the briefing], only 3,300 illegal immigrants reached Malta and Lampedusa last year, less than half the number registered in the previous year.  In the case of Malta, there were 2,775 arrivals in 2008 and 1,475 in 2009.”

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