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On 20 December 2017, the Commission adopted a proposal for a Europol agreement with the Government of Egypt on the exchange of data (COM (2017), 809 final). Owing to the instability in Libya, Egypt is identified as one of the priorities in the region. The EU and Egypt plan to work more closely in particular in areas such as the prevention of radicalisation, law enforcement and judicial cooperation, border controls, aviation and airport security. The Commission is also said to have helped with the implementation of Egyptian legislation to combat the smuggling of human beings. The number of migrants arriving in Egypt has since reportedly fallen drastically.
1. What was the Commission contribution to the implementation of the Egyptian legislation to combat the smuggling of human beings, and what new possibilities for cooperation between Egypt and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex has the Commission agreed to since 2017?
2. What is the state of play in the negotiations on the working arrangements between the EU border agency Frontex and Egypt, and when are the negotiations scheduled to be concluded as things stand?
3. When does the European Union intend to send a European Migration Liaison Officer to Cairo and to what extent is that officer, as the interface between national and regional authorities, also supposed to work with the quasi-secret National Security Service (NSS)?