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EU appeals to nations to live up to asset pledges for migrant operations in Greece, Hungary

  • Hungarian soldiers watch a ringing-machine drive steel posts into the earth as they construct a 175 kms long temporary fence on Hungary's southern border with Serbia near Morahalom, 179 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015.  The fence is meant to stop the rising flow of migrants and refugees trying to enter the European Union. ((Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)

    Hungarian soldiers watch a ringing-machine drive steel posts into the earth as they construct a 175 kms long temporary fence on Hungary's southern border with Serbia near Morahalom, 179 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. The fence is meant to stop the rising flow of migrants and refugees trying to enter the European Union. ((Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hungarian workers fix razor wires as they construct a 175 kms long temporary fence on Hungary's southern border with Serbia destined to halt illegal immigration into the country near Morahalom, 179 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, Hungary, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. (Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)

    Hungarian workers fix razor wires as they construct a 175 kms long temporary fence on Hungary's southern border with Serbia destined to halt illegal immigration into the country near Morahalom, 179 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, Hungary, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. (Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hungarian workers fix razor wires as they construct a 175 kms long temporary fence on Hungary's southern border with Serbia destined to halt illegal immigration into the country near Morahalom, 179 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, Hungary, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. (Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)

    Hungarian workers fix razor wires as they construct a 175 kms long temporary fence on Hungary's southern border with Serbia destined to halt illegal immigration into the country near Morahalom, 179 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, Hungary, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. (Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The European Union is appealing to its member countries to live up to pledges to provide planes and other assets to its border agency Frontex so it can cope with a migrant influx into Greece and Hungary.

EU migration spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said Friday that "if we don't get these assets, it would seriously undermine Frontex's ability to carry out its operations."

EU leaders committed in April to triple the agency's budget and provide it with more assets as thousands of people fleeing conflict and poverty converged on Europe in search of better lives. More than 2,000 migrants have died this year.

Many countries pledged assets for short-term use, but Bertaud says Frontex needs more planes and "technical assistance" like personnel and patrol cars for Greece and Hungary.