Despite 100,000 guards in place all over Europe’s external borders, chiefs admit they are struggling to cope with demands.
Jean-Claude Juncker announced a record of 160,000 migrants used the Mediterranean Sea to access Europe last year, despite a major new European Border and Coast Guard Agency being set up to patrol Europe land and sea borders.
Now it can be revealed the EU's struggling task force, which recently revealed it sent 2,300 experts to Greece to send back just 908 people in 2016, say they are facing major funding issues over "deployment gaps".
The EU is failing to protect its own borders, while struggling with record numbers of migrants
According to the EU, member states now have 100,000 border guards in place all over Europe but they are unable to deal with the scale of the crisis.
The EU has sent another 1,500 officers, but is now urging member states send more to protect Europe’s pourous borders.
A statement from the EU said: "Currently, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency has more than 1,550 officers deployed to support Member States at their external borders, complementing the existing national capacities of Member States of over 100,000 border guards.
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A 2016 report called for resources to be pooled into the European Border and Coast Guard Agency
"While this represents the biggest pooling of Member States' resources so far undertaken, the running operations of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency continue to be confronted with deployment gaps, and Member States need to ensure these gaps are properly filled."
A 2016 report called for Mandatory pooling of resources to enhance the European Border and Coast Guard Agency's rapid reaction capability.
Now First Vice-President Frans Timmermans has called on immediate actions for member states not keeping up with their commitments.
Jean-Claude Juncker announced 160,000 migrants crossed the Mediterranean, into Europe
He said: "After the record-time adoption of the European Border and Coast Guard, all stakeholders have worked at full speed in the past three months to ensure that the Agency can intervene at our common borders whenever and wherever necessary and as quickly as possible.
I call upon Member States to provide for the necessary human resources and equipment so that the Agency is soon fully operational
Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of EU Commission
"We now propose further concrete steps to accelerate this work.
"I call upon Member States to provide for the necessary human resources and equipment so that the Agency is soon fully operational."
Meanwhile Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs, and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos has claimed there will be no more problems on the borders despite the crisis.
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He said: "In only three months, we have made incredible progress in rolling out the activities of the European Border and Coast Guard. The rapid reaction pools of border guards and equipment are in place now, ensuring that there will no longer be shortages of staff or equipment for emergency situations across the EU.
"In addition, the new pools of return intervention teams will support Member States' efforts to enhance the return of irregular migrants – a core element of our European Agenda on Migration.
"I call on all stakeholders to continue their work and cooperation to fully and swiftly roll out the European Border and Coast Guard in all its aspects."