The European Economic and Social Committee:
- considers it essential, in the light of growing problems linked to the control of the EU's external borders, to implement a system that couples the protection of individuals and border security with the creation of profitable trading links with third countries;
- welcomes the Commission's efforts to improve EU border controls and to boost the required funds and instruments, with the aim of ensuring innovative, high-quality customs controls and, ideally, the uniform application of customs legislation implemented in the external border offices;
- believes that the amount of funding allocated is insufficient considering the aims to be pursued and should, moreover, include equipment for monitoring phytosanitary safety and instruments for carrying out advanced spectrography on goods containers.
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