Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, supports EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries in the management of EU’s external borders and fighting cross-border crime.
The agency is a centre of excellence for border control activities at the EU’s external borders, sharing intelligence and expertise with all EU Member States, as well as neighbouring non-EU countries affected by migratory trends and cross-border crime.
Among its many tasks, the agency coordinates the deployment of border and coast guards, along with boats, airplanes, patrol cars and other equipment, to EU countries facing exceptional pressure at their external borders.
There are over 1200 employees from 29 countries working currently for Frontex. In 2021 we plan to employ additional staff responsible for the management of the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), and up to 750 members of the European standing corps who will be mostly deployed in Frontex operations.
Frontex also works closely with a variety of international organisations and bodies, including United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Organisation for Migration (IOM), ICMPD and others.
See here for the full list of our EU partners and for the list of international organisations with whom Frontex has signed working arrangements.
Frontex also cooperates with a number of organisations and NGOs which are part of its Consultative Forum – more information is available here.
Frontex was created in 2004. The mandate of the agency has been expanded in 2016, when it became Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency. For more information, go here.
Yes, it does. For the first time, the European Union will has its own uniformed service – the European Border and Coast Guard standing corps. This new border corps, composed of Frontex and EU Member States’ officers, is at any time be able to support the Member States facing challenges at their external borders.
The standing corps, EU’s first uniformed service, is composed of Frontex and EU Member States’ officers. Their main task is to support national authorities facing challenges at their external borders. Standing corps members share many of the powers of national border guards. They can verify a person’s identity and nationality, allow or refuse entry into the EU and patrol between border crossing points.