One of Frontex’s core activities is to provide operational and technical assistance to EU Member States and certain other countries. To do so, we use experts and equipment made available by Member States and Schengen Associated Countries, as well as our own.
Of course, all the resources in the world won’t help if we can’t get them to the right place at the right time, which is why developing our rapid reaction capacity is so crucial. We deploy planes, drones, vessel and cars, as well as technical equipment for border control, on joint operations, migration management support team deployments, rapid border interventions and return operations.
The agency is constantly examining new ways to acquire equipment. We are increasingly relying on our own equipment, which is purchased, leased or sometimes co-owned with EU Member States. That allows us to be more flexible.
We passed a milestone in this area in 2019 when we began using our own patrol cars at Europe’s borders. The new vehicles, which bear the agency’s logo, made their debut in operations in locations including Albania, Greece and Bulgaria.
And those cars are just the beginning: in parallel with the creation of the European Border and Coast Guard standing corps, we’re beginning to acquire and deploy a wide variety of other equipment, including vessels, planes and remotely piloted aircraft.