Frontex and Ukrainian border guard extend cooperation agreement


Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, has extended its cooperation plan with State Border Guard Service of Ukraine for another three years.

The new cooperation plan for 2019-2021 was signed by Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri and General Petro Tsygykal, Head of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.The two met in Arlamow, Poland, during the annual European Border and Coast Guard Day organised by Frontex.

“We are celebrating the work of European border and coast guard officers only a few kilometres from the border with Ukraine because it is an important partner for Frontex. Working together with our neighbours is crucial to tackle cross-border challenges,” said Frontex Director Fabrice Leggeri. 

Frontex and the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine have been working together for many years as part of a working arrangement signed in 2007. Over the years, this cooperation has grown from operational activities, through situational awareness, monitoring and risk analysis also including such areas as training. 

Ukrainian border guards have been taking part in Frontex’s field deployments as observers, they have also participated in a range of training activities and workshops.

Earlier this year, the National Academy of the State Border Guard Service joined the network of Frontex Partnership Academies as one of only three such associated training institutions in non-EU countries. The main objective of the Partnership Academies is to facilitate cooperation with border and coast guard training institutions in the European Union, to create common educational standards and to modernise education and training systems in the field of border and coast guarding. 

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