1 July 2003
By the Select Committee appointed to consider European
Union documents and other matters relating to the European Union.
ORDERED TO REPORT
PROPOSALS FOR A EUROPEAN BORDER GUARD
COM(2002) 233 final Towards integrated management
of the external borders of the Member States of the European Union
Effective management of the EU's external borders
is a matter of concern to all the Member States.
Enlargement will require radical changes to the arrangements
for controlling the eastern border of the EU and place a heavy
responsibility on the new Member States there.
There is a need for increased practical co-operation
between Member States, and for financial arrangements to ensure
that the Member States who are responsible for the longest borders
do not bear a disproportionate burden.
The United Kingdom's participation in measures to
strengthen external border controls is welcome. In the light of
its present opt-out from Schengen, it would be wise for the Government
to consider applying the common (Schengen) manual on checks at
The case for a centrally managed, multi-national
European Border Guard has not been made.
New EU structures responsible for co-ordinating border
control activities should be subject to parliamentary scrutiny
and data protection safeguards.
Clear legal rules applying to joint operations must
be established, including rules on the powers of border guards
and the remedies available to individuals when those powers are