The European Border and Coast Guard standing corps has been formed by the EU to ‘represent the entity at its borders’.
The force is expected to number 10,000-strong by 2027.
According to a release on precreding the formation of the corps, starting with 5,000 operational staff in 2021, the standing corps will be fully operational by 2027 with 10,000 staff. In addition, a rapid reserve pool will be created for deployment in emergencies.
“The standing corps will consist of border and coast guards employed by the agency as well as staff seconded on a mandatory basis by EU countries.”
For the first time, the European Union has its own uniformed service – the European Border and Coast Guard standing corps. And here’s a sneak peak of the uniform they will be wearing to represent the 🇪🇺 at its borders #StandingCorps pic.twitter.com/3bZrsy16t7
— Frontex (@Frontex) January 11, 2021
Roberta Metsola said:
“This law will transform the way the European Border and Coast Guard Agency deals with migration, including ensuring 10 000 new border guards and staff are in place; boosting the fight against cross-border crime; protecting fundamental rights and aiding the efficient return of those who are not eligible for protection.
Our guiding principle has been to be fair with those in need of protection, firm with those who are not eligible and harsh with those who seek to exploit the most vulnerable people on the planet. Citizens asked and we delivered – in record time.”
The European Parliament say that the new organisation will be able to support return procedures in member states, for example by identifying irregularly staying non-EU nationals and by assisting national authorities to obtain travel documents.
Just for a bit of perspective and balance here, I recommend reading the following tweets.
Perhaps the truth is it’s not an EU Army but could easily lead to one…
— Carry On Strategy (@CarryStrategy) January 11, 2021