Having one common external border is the direct consequence of eliminating internal borders within in the EU. Despite this new reality, the protection of this common external border is being tightly controlled by the national governments. EU-external border security is being entrusted to Frontex (Frontières extérieures), an EU-agency responsible for the co-ordination between national border guards. By doing so, Frontex is expected to protect external borders from (1) illegal immigration (2) human trafficking and (3) infiltration into Europe by potential terrorist elements. The question is whether these tasks are sufficiently executed, and whether Frontex has the capabilities to do so in the first place. This policy papers will describe the state of play when it comes to the three core tasks of the agency, compare this to the capabilities of the agency to indicate the potential capability gap (between aspirations and means) and provide a roadmap for the future.
Read Dieuwertje Kuijpers’ paper on “Kuijpers – Frontex, Depoliticize (n)or Securitize”.
About the Ralf Dahrendorf Taskforce:
The Ralf Dahrendorf Taskforce on the Future of the European Union provides a platform for ELF member organisations to discuss liberal proposals for the reform of the EU institutions and the future of the European integration process. The recommendations produced by working groups will be gathered in a publication presenting liberal recommendations for the future of the EU.
The work of the Taskforce is structured in four working groups:
- WG I: Reform of the EU institutions – re-Democratisation of the EU
- WG II: Foreign, Security and Defence – strong cooperation for a stronger Europe in the world
- WG III: Protecting civil liberties – a liberal footprint for Europe
- WG IV: Financial and economic crisis – liberal solutions for a Europe that work
Find the previous publications of our Dahrendorf Taskforce series here:
On the Right to Be Forgotten, 17.03.2015
Ukraine as a bridge to Russia, 03.03.2015
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