The European Union has submitted a proposal to impose sanctions on transport operators involved in smuggling people into the 27-nation bloc. The proposal came in an effort to support member states affected by the mixed attacks, in addition to providing other humanitarian aid.
According to a press release from the European Commission, the latter and the High Representative have proposed measures to prevent the activities of transport operators involved in smuggling or smuggling people into the European Union, TheSchengen.com reports.
“We are presenting a new proposal to blacklist transport operators involved in people smuggling or smuggling into the European Union, as first announced two weeks ago. We will never accept the exploitation of human beings for political purposes,” said the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
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The actions to be entered will be determined by the case. The type of measures could include restricting operations in the Union market, suspending the validity of licenses or permits, suspending the rights to refuel or perform maintenance within the European Union, and prohibiting transit or flying over the European Union or laying down technical work. or calls to EU ports.
The recent events at the EU border with Belarus, which includes countries such as Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, could not have happened without transport operators contributing to the exacerbation of the situation as many people lost their lives trying to cross the border illegally, as well as many migrants were stranded on Borders resulting in a rapid increase in immigration rates in the 27-nation bloc. Such a situation made the European Union to risk security and stability in the region.
Earlier this month, the European Council announced that the visa facilitation agreement for Belarus officials serving Lukashenko’s regime would be temporarily suspended due to the ongoing immigration situation called for by the Belarus government.
However, this decision does not affect citizens of Belarus as they will continue to benefit from the same benefits under this agreement, which was tentatively announced in July 2020.
Frontex, the European Union’s border control agency, recently shared that the eastern land borders, including the border between Lithuania, Poland and Belarus, were the hardest hit by illegal immigration, an increase of 1,444 percent compared to the same time last year. Moreover, the number of illegal lanes so far this year has reached 8000.
Other roads had higher rates of violations, with the Central Mediterranean (55,000) advancing by 91 percent, followed by the Western Balkan Road, up 140 percent (48,500) and with the Eastern Mediterranean Road registering a decrease of 11 percent. cent (15,770) in such activity.