Management Board appoints Hans Leijtens new Frontex Executive Director


The Management Board met in an extraordinary meeting on 20 December 2022, in closed session to appoint a new Executive Director of Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency.

In line with Article 107 of the EBCG Regulation, the Management Board voted in a secret ballot on the three candidates shortlisted by the European Commission, taking into the account the opinion of the European Parliament, issued following a hearing of the candidates by the Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).

The Management Board decided to appoint Mr Hans Leijtens as the new Executive Director of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency.

Mr. Leijtens is currently the Commander of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee and Governor of The Hague. He has worked in several leading positions at the highest management level in the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. Among others, he was a Director-General in the Netherlands Tax and Customs Administration, a Quartermaster of the Integrity Chamber in Sint Maarten, a Programme Director-General of the reconstruction of the Windward Islands, and a member of the International Board of Auditors (NATO).

The Management Board is looking forward to the new Executive Director taking up his duties as soon as possible.