Frontex announces stress test for the external European borders

Frontex announces stress test for the external European borders

Athens, August 29, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

The director of Frontex, Fabrice Leggeri, plans to introduce a stress test on the external borders of Europe in the banking standards.

As revealed in an interview with Welt Sunday, come October will start the analysis of the weaknesses in the borders of certain EU countries.

These include Germany and Greece. These two countries have in fact already agreed to participate.

According to information, which is derived from the German government, Finland, Slovenia and Romania have also agreed, writes the German newspaper.

The analysis will include different scenarios for land, sea and air borders.

“We want to see how prepared are the member countries to deal with a crisis in the EU’s external borders. We should be better prepared for the event of a crisis”, Leggeri told the Welt.

The analysis of the weak points is provided by a regulation of Frontex, which will come into force in a few weeks. This regulation also provides making available 1,500 officials from the EU countries, who will be used within days.

Fabrice Leggeri also says in his interview that in addition to better guarding of the EU’s external borders, he wants to create legal entry routes of refugees to Europe in order to reduce the pressure of the EU’s external borders.

Questions of course were raised by the countries that chose to participate, such as Germany and Slovenia with no external borders in the EU, Finland has borders with Russia, and Romania, which is away from the refugee routes.