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EC Immigration

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on UK participation in the development of EU rapid border intervention teams. (178213)

The UK fully supports the EU Rapid Border Intervention Teams (RABITs) initiative; but is excluded from the Frontex Regulation and thus the RABITs Regulation. However, as signalled by the Council Declaration accompanying adoption of the RABITs Regulation in June 2007, we are exploring ways in which the UK can support RABITs operations abroad on an observer/adviser basis, in a similar way to our support for Frontex joint operations. The UK can participate in Frontex operations, if we wish to, with the agreement of the Frontex Management Board on a case-by-case basis.