EU Parliament Agrees to Set Up Joint Border, Coast Guard

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Migrants are seen on a capsizing boat before a rescue operation by Italian navy ships Bettica and Bergamini off the coast of Libya in this handout picture released by the Italian Marina Militare on May 25, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The EU Parliament has sided with the European Commission that proposed to jointly manage EU’s external frontiers, commissioners said Wednesday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Commission’s Vice-President Frans Timmermans and its migration chief, Dimitris Avramopoulos, praised the new European Border and Coast Guard agency, replacing Frontex, as a "safety net" that will secure EU borders without encroaching on the sovereignty of the bloc’s member states.

"If we want to manage migration better and preserve our Schengen area of free movement, we need to strengthen the common management of the EU's external borders. Today's decision by the Parliament is a major step forward in that direction," the joint statement read.

The proposal to create a border guard agency with powers greater than those enjoyed by the obsolete Frontex was floated by Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker at the height of the migrant crisis in September 2015.

Wednesday’s approval will be followed by a largely technical vote by the European Parliament. The EU Council is then expected to back the final proposal "as soon as possible."

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