Switzerland sceptical on EU plan to boost border force

Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga has expressed scepticism about European Union plans to expand the EU border force Frontex, and called for more cooperation on the refugee issue. She was speaking after attending a meeting on Friday of EU ministers in Luxembourg that discussed the EU plans. The European Commission has proposed to boost the number of Frontex external border guards from 1,500 at present to 10,000 by 2020, but numerous states are sceptical.  Switzerland is not a member of the EU but participates as a member of the “borderless” Schengen zone.  Sommaruga said the proposed massive expansion of Frontex would only raise costs and could not replace “what each country must do in the context of its asylum policy”. She said national tasks also needed to be discussed “because they are still not resolved in some countries”. “This is a project that the European Commission needs to fundamentally revise,” said Sommaruga.  She urged states to move forward on a common ...
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