Source: European Parliament
Europeans are particularly concerned about migration flows. They also regularly put this concern at the top of the list of their questions about the effectiveness of the Union. The realisation of the importance of this subject has also been particularly slow in coming within the European institutions. The Director of Frontex, Fabrice Leggeri, for example, thus stated that ‘When I made my first on-the-ground visit in 2015, I was shocked. There were Frontex officers in T-shirts telling me they did not want to scare the migrants’ (1) .
Even though Frontex has a long way to go, change is not pursued at rapid pace given that we will have to wait until 2027 for the agency to go from fewer than 2 000 agents to 10 000. However, even this is being called into question by the Finnish Presidency of the European Union. Thus, ‘Le Figaro’ states that: ‘In the document presented this week on the next EU budget, the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union plans to reduce to EUR 6 billion the 10.8 billion initially envisaged for Frontex for the period 2021-2027’.
The Commission President mentioned the aim of completing the planned recruitments in 2024 at the latest. Does the Commission intend to slow down the process as a result of these proposals and does it intend to listen to the demands of the peoples of Europe?