Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, has completed its first set of vulnerability assessments in all member states, which analyse their border control capacity and readiness to face challenges at EU’s external borders.
Frontex completed first set of vulnerability assessments2017-10-16
Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri has also issued recommendations to individual states. These proposed measures mainly concern management of information related to border control, border checks and preparedness to respond to large migration flows. The recommendations were prepared in consultations with the concerned member state to better reflect their specific situation and include a timeline for their adoption.
Frontex is also conducting simulation exercises in several member states to better assess their capability to handle future challenges.
“The vulnerability assessment is an important part of the Frontex’s mission to help improve the internal security of the European Union and safeguard the principle of free movement of persons within the Schengen Area,” said Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri.
In practice, these annual assessments allow the agency to create an EU-wide overview of available border control means and capacities, and identify potential weaknesses in member states’ abilities to handle increased migratory pressure at their borders. Frontex analyses various information on border control capacities provided by member states to determine their readiness to face challenges at the external borders. The agency then delivers an individual assessment for each member state.
The Frontex vulnerability assessment cover management of information related to border control, border surveillance, border checks and risk analysis, as well as registration, screening and referral mechanisms.