The first ever EU paramilitary force is about to be created as one of the responses to a refugee crisis.
However, instead of handing more power to national governments to address the crisis, the EU is set to eviscerate the sovereignty of member states further under a new proposal which would permit the deployment of up to 2,500 armed guards wearing EU uniforms, along with naval patrol vessels, helicopters and drones.
“The EU’s first paramilitary force would have the power to take control of a nation’s borders without the consent of sovereign governments,” reports the Times. According to Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for migration, the idea represents “more Europe”.
The new agency would, “be able to step in to ensure action is taken on the ground even where … that member state considers there is no need for additional intervention,” according to a draft proposal.
Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski slammed the idea, labeling it “incompatible with democracy”.
“For it to be a structure independent from nation states is astounding … an undemocratic structure reporting to no one knows who,” said Waszczykowski.
“Every single time a European Union policy fails….the demand is more centralization and more Europe, said UKIP leader Nigel Farage in response to the plan.
Diane James, MEP and UKIP Justice and Home Affairs spokesperson commented, “This is a full frontal attack on national sovereignty from the EU. All pretence has now been discarded and the Commission will now openly act against a member state’s wishes and operate within its borders without permission. By acting contrary to the wishes of national parliaments the EU has displayed its desire for a federal state for all to see.”
The new border force will be based in Warsaw, Poland and EU member states will have to contribute to the €322 million a year needed to fund it.
The new force will also, “be able to carry out surveillance operations alongside the European Fisheries Control Agency and European Maritime Safety Agency and can even be deployed to countries outside the EU.”