Last week, Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, concluded a series of regional conferences with the heads of various national law enforcement authorities involved in all aspects of European Integrated Border Management (IBM).
The annual meetings, which took place online, allow Frontex and EU Member States and Schengen-Associated Countries to continue crucial operational dialogue related to protecting Europe’s borders and assuring the security of its citizens.
“We were determined to hold the regional conferences despite the COVID situation to also highlight that our Agency remains active and our operational activities remain on track at the external borders,” said Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri.
“The meetings, which were welcome by the commanders of a variety of national services dealing with Integrated Border Management, were based on operational exchanges. We discussed operational developments of last year and those planned for next year.”
Frontex discussed its Catalogue of Services, which presents the various types of services the agency is able to offer national authorities covering several categories: situational awareness and monitoring, operational response, return-related activities, capability development, International and European cooperation and ICT services. The maritime dimension of several of those activities was emphasized by the Agency and appreciated by the participants.
Frontex also updated the national authorities on the progress of European Border and Coast Guard standing corps, Europe’s first uniformed service. The first recruits are currently undergoing training and will be ready to be deployed at the external borders starting in January. The standing corps will be an essential part of the support Frontex will be providing to Member States under a new model of cooperation.