The European Parliament approved a new border guard force to tackle the migrant crisis which could intervene in front-line countries like Greece and Italy from September.
The EU’s 28 member states agreed to set up the force in June as a key part of the bloc’s strategy for tackling the flow of the migrants along with a deal with Turkey sealed in March.
MEPs meeting in Strasbourg, France, approved the new border force by 483 votes to 181 against, with 48 abstentions.
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“The legislation will enter into force this autumn,” the European Parliament said in a statement.
Brussels aims to have the force start operations in September and be fully operational by November, under a roadmap to restore the passport-free Schengen Zone after the travails of the migration crisis.
Several countries have reintroduced border controls that were eliminated years ago as part of Schengen as the EU deals with a record flow of more than one million migrants and refugees since the start of 2015.
Under the deal, member states would still manage their borders on a daily basis but could call on emergency support from a pool of at least 1,500 border guards.
The new force represents an expansion of the size and tasks of the existing Frontex border agency, based in Warsaw.