MOSCOW (Sputnik) — "European agency for border security Frontex should be upgraded to version Frontex 2.0. We need to increase the current number of employees from 350 to 5,000," Gunther Oettinger told Bild am Sonntag in an interview.
Frontex, in turn, may put forward the proposals on the issue to the EU countries, Oettinger added.
Earlier in the week, European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans stressed that the EU external borders were the bloc’s common borders, not just the national ones, that’s why every single EU member was obliged to participate in their joint protection.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that some 989,215 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by both land and sea since the beginning of 2015.