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Minister: EU Countries Should Share Border Control Costs

The new minister from Italy suggested all member states pay for the total costs of protecting Europe's borders.

All EU member states have to share the burden of securing the bloc's external borders, according to the incoming European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs Rocco Buttiglione. Any form of sharing the burden of costs can follow only after establishing a common European immigration policy, the new commissioner said in an interview with Financial Times Deutschland . "If countries are going to pay coastal security services, they must have a say on how and for what the money is spent on," he added. Countries like Luxembourg also benefit from the coastal protection provided by other member countries such as Italy and Spain, Buttiglione said. (

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