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Apr 18, 2019

Chief Security Advisor: More Frontex officers not enough to halt inflow of migrants

Hungary’s Chief Security Advisor has highlighted that the European Union’s move to bolster the staff of border agency Frontex to 10,000 will not be enough to protect the bloc’s borders from a massive inflow of migrants

Hungary’s Chief Security Advisor has highlighted that the European Union’s move to bolster the staff of border agency Frontex to 10,000 will not be enough to protect the bloc’s borders from a massive inflow of migrants.

György Bakondi noted that the European Parliament approved an agreement to increase Frontex staff to 5,000 officers before finally beefing up their numbers to 10,000.

MTI reports that Bakondi welcomed that the provision opposed by the Hungarian government, under which Frontex could intervene in a member state’s border protection efforts without the country’s consent, had been left out of the agreement. “This would’ve been a serious sovereignty issue,” he said.

Bakondi said the decision to enhance the border agency’s role was part of an EP election campaign, arguing that it would only be implemented in the next parliamentary cycle. “The EP has done everything it could in recent months to create a legal environment that favors pro-migration forces,” he said.