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EU border agency has less than half requested guards: deputy head

A Frontex officer helps migrants arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos on October 17, 2015EU countries have provided the bloc’s Frontex border agency with less than half the personnel it has requested to deal with a record influx of migrants, the agency’s deputy head said in an interview published Thursday. “At the beginning of October we made a new request for means, this time mainly for human resources to cover operations in Greece and the Balkans until the end of January,” Gil Arias told Spanish newspaper El Mundo. “Despite reiterating the request including through the European Commission, up until now member states have only committed 40 percent of the requested resources,” he added.

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