The law which protects the external borders of the EU, which was proposed and negotiated by MEP Roberta Metsola, can now start being implemented after it was strongly approved in a final vote by the European Parliament,
The negotiations on this law took place in a record six months. The new law will mean an increase of 10,000 border control and coast guards who will assist the Member States on a number of issues, especially in times of an immigration crisis, to fight cross-border criminality, as well as to strengthen and make more efficient the process by which people who are not eligible to remain in the EU will be sent back home safely, with new European fundamental right safeguards. EU Governments, including the Maltese Government, already approved the preliminary agreement last month.
During a press conference addressed by MEP Roberta Metsola, the European Commissioner for Immigration and Home Affairs, Dimitris Avramopoulos thanked the MEP for her work on this important law which will transform the way that EU agencies address the phenomenon of immigration.