Behind-the-scenes preparations ahead of the summit of European leaders on Thursday and Friday have yielded one final piece of agreement on managing EU borders, cobbled together in the last few hours.
Reliable sources tell Brussels Blog there has been a breakthrough in the negotiations to bolster Frontex, the EU’s budding border guard agency.
The new regulations — which still have to formally approved by parliament later this year — will give Frontex the ability to buy or lease equipment such as helicopters, planes and patrol boats for the first time.
Currently, it has to beg, borrow or steal whatever surplus kit national border guards can spare, an arrangement which has hampered its operational capabilities since it was founded in 2005. Read more