The EU border agency Frontex is not yet strong enough and should therefore be backed up with a new civilian-military mission to protect borders and extradite migrants, defence ministers of several Central European countries propose.
"We believe that it is not capable of delivering its tasks in a manner that is timely and adequate to the current situation," Austrian Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil says, summing up a Vienna meeting with colleagues from 10 EU and EU candidate countries.
The new mission could be deployed in Greece or in other EU countries in case migration routes shift, Doskozil tells reporters, without stating to what extent the proposing countries would contribute troops or equipment.
The ministers plan to formally send their proposal to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini by April 12, he says.
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 17:41