European Parliament
Miriam Dalli - S&D (Malta)


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Position Paper

Committee: European Parliament Representative: Miriam DALLI (Malta)

Topic A: European Border and Coast Guard

Migration is one of the toughest challenges Europe has had to face in its history, and the solutions provided to this issue may determine the future of the European Union. The latter has provided, through the Schengen Area, a space of free circulation of people and goods, but has consequently given a crucial role to its external borders. In fact, most of them are sea borders (some 44,000 km compared to 9,000 km of land borders) and consequently require a special attention in order to tackle irregular migration but, above all, in order to stop a humanitarian catastrophe. In 2016 almost 5,000 people died and tens of thousands were rescued on verge of sinking along the Central Mediterranean route while trying to reach Europe. In the maritime space, managing migrants and refugees is becoming more and more difficult and risky, but preserving the health and integrity of these people must be our top priority. The European Commission’s proposal COM (2015) 671, enlarging the competence of the “European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union” and renaming it the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), must urgently clarify key points of our policy concerning external borders.