Development & Technical Assistance

The vision of the future of border management will depend heavily on innovative solutions that utilise state-of-the-art technologies and large-scale IT systems to improve interoperability, security, convenience and cost-effectiveness.

Member States need to have new border control capabilities available to carry out their border control tasks effectively and to respond to the challenges posed by the increased mobility of people. The agency’s activities in the area of development and technical assistance aim to deliver, through the implementation of pilot projects, innovative solutions (product/technology innovation, process innovations and organisational innovations) for border management.

Through development-oriented technical assistance, the results of these initiatives and the knowledge and expertise gained in the implementation of research and innovation activities will be disseminated to Frontex stakeholders, including non-EU countries. The sharing of this knowledge supports capacity building for border management and facilitates the implementation of Integrated Border Management. At the same time, the agency will use the results to enhance the quality, coherence and effectiveness of its activities.

The project aims to support the implementation of Integrated Border Management by:

  • Maturing new capacities and capabilities;
  • Providing advice, technical support and expertise to internal and external stakeholders;
  • Fostering cooperation with non-EU countries and international organisations. 

Frontex’s development and technical assistance activities and products include:

  • Implementing pilot projects to develop new border control capacities and capabilities to be further applied by Member States and in Frontex operational activities;
  • Facilitating the development of existing border management capacities and capabilities at European level;
  • Fostering the integration of innovative border control processes and technologies at Member State level while promoting inter-operability;
  • Assisting the European Commission in implementing border management policies and strategies, building on existing knowledge of innovative processes and technologies used for border control and related common practices and standards;
  • Promoting cooperation with non-EU countries (in particular with neighbouring countries) and supporting them in their efforts to improve border management capacities and capabilities;
  • Facilitating transfer and implementation of the Integrated Border Management principles through development-orientated technical assistance activities in partner non-EU countries;
  • Disseminating study reports on pilot projects, (technical) reports on innovative technologies, working practices and capabilities for border management to Frontex stakeholders seeking continuous improvement.


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