Frontex and EUAM Ukraine strengthen cooperation


Today, Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, and the European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) Ukraine agreed to strengthen their cooperation, which will contribute to combatting cross-border crime and dealing with irregular migration at the EU’s eastern borders. 

Frontex and EUAM Ukraine, a non-executive mission of the European Union, have maintained close and regular contact, especially since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The presence of our liaison officer in the region has already established strong ties with the Mission, proving invaluable for our joint efforts. 

“The signing of a working arrangement is a concrete step towards expanding our cooperation in this vital area, helping us to work together to deal with the effects of the war in Ukraine at our borders,” said Frontex Executive Director Hans Leijtens. 

The EUAM Ukraine’s Head of Mission Rolf Holmboe pointed out that the working arrangement between Frontex and EUAM represents a significant step towards enhanced border security and integrated border management in Ukraine.

“Together, in the spirit of Team Europe, we can achieve our shared objectives and contribute to a safer and more secure Europe for all,” Holmboe said.

Frontex and EUAM Ukraine will focus on promoting the European Integrated Border Management (IBM) standards effectively, as well as expand cooperation in the area of situational awareness and monitoring. 

This arrangement emphasises the shared commitment to enhancing border security and management. EUAM Ukraine is among the priority Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions, alongside the missions in Moldova, with which Frontex aims to develop a structured and long-term cooperation.

With over 230 officers deployed specifically at the EU and Moldovan borders with Ukraine, Frontex continues to provide support at the EU’s Eastern borders and stands ready to anticipate future challenges.