Netherlands employs 300 personnel for EU border security

Netherlands will create security team numbering 300 personnel to tighten border controls within EU

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Photo by: AFP

A sign that indicates that staff from the Mobile Surveillance Security (MTV) of the Royal Military Marechaussee, and the Dutch national police forces, are carrying out inspection of vehicles near the German border in De Lutte, Netherlands

The Netherlands said on Thursday it would create a rapid response security team numbering 300 personnel which could be deployed for border controls within the European Union.

In a letter to the parliament, the government said the team would be set up as soon as possible to help tighten security at Europe’s borders.

State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff added in the letter that EU member states should work together to cope with the “migration crisis,” NLTimes reported.

Over one million refugees escaping war and poverty have reached EU countries in 2015, number is expected to increase in 2016.

The team will be separate from Frontex, the European border protection agency that oversees cooperation between national border guards at the external borders of the union.

It will help with border controls at checkpoints, border surveillance between crossing points and mobile control at internal borders.

Such a team is already working on the Greek island of Chios, where it is assisting the Greek authorities with identifying and registering asylum seekers, NLTimes added.

TRTWorld and agencies