The Times has reported that the EU army will soon be able to take control of a country's or countries borders with or without the consent of the countries elected leaders involved. This includes the UK. The proposals, according to the Times, are for a 2,500 border and coast guard armed personnel deployed to areas like Greece and the Balkans. Bruno Waterfield and Francis Elliot of the Times liken the force to German soldiers seizing power across Europe: “The force, wearing blue armbands and an EU and agency insignia, would be equipped with naval patrol vessels, helicopters and drones, according to plans tabled yesterday by Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president”. What was supposed to dominate the European summit - David Cameron's 'renegotiation' demands - will now be dominated by plans for the EU army, pan-European Border Force and Coast Guard. Included in the plans is the statement: “In urgent situations, the agency must be able to step in to ensure action is taken on the ground even where . . . that member state considers there is no need for additional intervention”. The cost of the new force is set at €322 million by 2020. David Cameron is said to have already given his support for the plans. Head of EU migration, Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said of the plans, “What we are creating today is more Europe." The new European Border and Coast Guard will have a 1,500-strong force that can be put into action in less than 3 days and having the ability to buy its own equipment instead of relying on donations from member countries. For many it is being seen as a hawkish move towards a further power grab using the migrant crisis as justification, with the long-paying European tax payer footing the bill while living under austerity measures. It is being variously described as a "full frontal power grab" by Dianne James, UKIP MEP and “For it to be a structure independent from nation states is astounding . . . an undemocratic structure reporting to no one knows who” by Poland's foreign minister. Not only would the force be able to operate within all EU countries, but also in "third countries" where it feels its "necessary to intervene". A European Border and Coast Guard to protect Europe's External Borders Strasbourg, 15 December 2015 A European Border and Coast Guard The European Border and Coast Guard will bring together a European Border and Coast Guard Agency built from Frontex and the Member States’ authorities responsible for border management, who will continue to exercise the day-to-day management of the external border. The new European Border and Coast Guard will have: A rapid reserve pool of border guards and technical equipment: The Agency will be able to draw on at least 1,500 experts that can be deployed in under 3 days. For the first time the Agency will be able to acquire equipment itself and to draw on a pool of technical equipment provided by the Member States. There will no longer be shortages of staff or equipment for European border operations. The new Agency's human resources will more than double that of Frontex, to reach 1,000 permanent staff, including field operatives, by 2020. A monitoring and supervisory role: A monitoring and risk analysis centre will be established to monitor migratory flows towards and within the European Union and to carry out risk analysis and mandatory vulnerability assessments to identify and address weak spots. Liaison officers will be seconded to Member States to ensure presence on the ground where the borders are at risk. The Agency will be able to assess the operational capacity, technical equipment and resources of Member States to face challenges at their external borders and require Member States to take measures to address the situation within a set time-limit in case of vulnerabilities. The right to intervene: Member States can request joint operations and rapid border interventions, and deployment of the European Border and Coast Guard Teams to support these.Where deficiencies persist or where a Member State is under significant migratory pressure putting in peril the Schengen areaand national action is not forthcoming or not enough, the Commission will be able to adopt an implementing decision determining that the situation at a particular section of the external borders requires urgent action at European level.This will allow the Agency to step in and deploy European Border and Coast Guard Teams to ensure that action is taken on the ground even when a Member State is unable or unwilling to take the necessary measures. A mandate to work in third countries: The Agency will have a new mandate to send liaison officers to and launch joint operations with neighbouring third countries, including operating on their territory.