"We understand that some people think our proposal goes too far, some people think it does not go far enough. We think it strikes the right balance and that is what we will be defending," Bertaud said.
The issue will be raised on Tuesday at the Home Affairs Council Of Ministers in Luxembourg.
Europe faces serious problems with undocumented immigration from Northern Africa and the Middle East. According to the United Nations, some 60,000 asylum seekers have tried to cross the Mediterranean, and at least 1,800 of them have died at sea since the beginning of 2015.