New Frontex Regulation comes into force
On 4 December, Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, is gaining new responsibilities and tools to more effectively support EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries in managing their external borders to provide a high level of security for all their citizens.
The new European Border and Coast Guard regulation that came into force paves the way for the creation of Europe’s first uniformed service. Soon, Frontex will count on 10 000 border and coast guard officers to assist national authorities with border control and migration management.
Frontex border guards will be a crucial part in the effort to better integrate the European Border and Coast Guard, which consists of national border and coast guard authorities and Frontex. Together, national authorities and Frontex will plan its future growth.
With the new regulation in place, Frontex will:
- Develop and strengthen EU’s border management capacities through the development of the integrated planning (capability development planning, contingency planning, operational planning)
- Become more active outside the European Union with the ability to conduct operations in non-EU countries that do not neighbour the EU
- Upgrade its management system to ensure that Frontex remains fully accountable and transparent as it continues to grow
- Continue to ensure well-functioning border controls for EU citizens and travellers from other countries
- Continue to build resilience at Europe’s borders thanks to its annual assessments
- Continue to maintain safe and secure external borders by providing national authorities with operational support at land, sea and air
- Continue to contribute to the fight against cross border crime by providing experts and training
- Continue to assist national authorities in effective returns of those who are not eligible to remain in the EU in all stages of the process. Under the new regulation, Frontex will also focus on post-arrival/post-return assistance
- Continue to be the eyes and ears of law enforcement at the external borders with constant situation monitoring, risk analyses and information exchange on what is happening at EU’s borders and beyond
Frontex remains committed to the respect of fundamental rights. Under the new regulation, the agency will have 40 fundamental rights monitors in its operations.