Athens, December 4, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
The expansion of its activities at the land border between Greece and FYROM, following an agreement with the Greek government, was announced by Frontex.
As noted, the agency will help with the registration of migrants on the northern borders of Greece, with the assignment of employees to begin next week.
Soon there will be a joint visit of the Greek authorities and Frontex in the area, in order to determine the technical details of the use of the Agency’s staff.
As stated by the Executive Director of Frontex, Fabrice Leggeri, the “migrants on the northern border of Greece will be checked and those who are found to not have been identified adequately will be recorded”.
The reinforcement of Frontex’s operation with registering and fingerprinting of migrants at the border with FYROM was decided at the Summit of Leaders of the Western Balkans in October.
It should also be noted that so far Frontex already assists the Greek authorities on the identification and registration of incoming migrants, with 195 officers on the Aegean islands.
On October the Agency asked from the Member States to provide 775 border guards for its activities, of which 600 will be operating in Greece. As noted, to date the Member States have offered 447 employees.