Frontex continues to strengthen its cooperation
with non-EU countries through targeted technical assistance projects, using various
Commission funding instruments. The agency strives to ensure that its technical
assistance action complement EU’s overall external relations policies. While each
project focuses on a different priority region and topics, all project
activities address specific needs of the beneficiary countries and support them
in building their capacities in the field of border security and management.
The technical assistance projects contribute to laying the foundation for
strategic cooperation or build up on already established functional
relationships between Frontex and the national authorities of relevant
three EU-funded projects and one grant agreement are being implemented with an
overall funding of 31 million euros.
Grant Agreement for Ukraine
In January 2023, Frontex and the State Border Guard
Service of Ukraine have signed a grant agreement worth 12 million euros to
support Ukrainian border officers in performing their duties.
The grant has two specific objectives:
a) supporting winterisation of the
border crossing points in Ukraine, with particular focus on the Western border,
thereby ensuring their business continuity; and
b) strengthening border control and
border surveillance capacities of SBSGU to prevent and cope with new challenges
at the Western border of Ukraine, preparing the Service to host Frontex-led
joint operations, inter alia under a future Status Agreement.
grant covers a list of equipment, such as warm winter uniforms for border
guards, electric generators, portable power stations, field kitchens, patrol
vehicles, and pumps. With this financing, the equipment will be used for civilian
border management purposes at Ukraine’s Western borders with EU Member States
and Moldova and in its proximity. This will also prepare the State Border Guard
Service to potentially host Frontex joint operations in the future. The grant
runs until December 2023.
EU Regional Support to Protection-Sensitive Migration Management Systems in the Western Balkans – Phase III
Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Serbia
Partners: EUAA, IOM, UNHCR
Grant: 5,5 million euros from the EU Instrument for
Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA III), managed on behalf of the European
Commission by Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations
the 2022-2025 period, Frontex along with the European Union Agency for Asylum, the International Organisation for Migration, and the United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will implement the European
Commission-funded regional programme “EU Regional Support to
Protection-Sensitive Migration Management Systems in the Western Balkans –
Phase III”. The regional programme will consist of four projects implemented by
each of the above-mentioned organisations.
of the regional programme are:
standardised and regionally operable statistics and mechanisms for
identification, registration, and referral of mixed migration movements;
- Improved implementation of
international protection measures, including for vulnerable persons;
- Improved management of returns and
alternatives to detention;
contingency planning and crisis response capacities according to EU best
practices, including at regional level.
project implemented by Frontex in 2022-2025 will have the following
goals that aim to benefit the agency’s partners in the Western Balkans region:
- improved mechanisms for
identification and registration of mixed migration movements;
management of returns;
- improved contingency planning and
crisis response capacities.
Frontex participates in implementation of the regional programme since
its inception in 2016. Phase I of the programme lasted from 2016 to 2019, and
Phase II from 2019 to 2021.
EU Regional Support to strengthen border security capacities in the Western Balkans
Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Serbia
EU Grant: 7 million EUR funded by the EU’s Instrument for
Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA III) and administered by Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations
The project will strengthen border security in the Western
Balkans in line with EU and international standards and will be implemented in
such a manner so as to ensure the alignment and integration of each beneficiary
into EU tools, practices and mechanisms in the area of border management. This action will at all stages dovetail and support the overall policy
engagement of the EU with the IPA III Western Balkans beneficiaries.
The project is focusing
its work in three directions:
- support the Western Balkan (WB) partners to align
their border management policies with standards and practices of the European
Integrated Border Management (IBM);
- support the implementation of Status Agreements by
increasing operational capacities through provision of training and equipment
for border checks, surveillance, and detection of falsified travel documents;
- support the Western Balkan beneficiaries in the establishment of
National Coordination Centres and provide state-of-the-art IT infrastructure
for swift and secure information exchange.
This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line
with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of
Beneficiary countries: Southern Neighbourhood countries
Timeframe: 12.2018 - 08.2024
EU Grant: 6,5 million euros from the European Neighbourhood Instrument
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EU4BorderSecurity is a regional project implemented
by Frontex and funded by European Commission's Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, addressing the Southern Neighbourhood in
North Africa and the Levant. It is a tool that supports the development in
border management to jointly enhance security in the Mediterranean and
strengthen our capacities.
In 2020, EU4BorderSecurity was extended for an
additional 21 months, and received a top-up of 2.5 million to the original
three-year 4 million EUR project (6.5 million in total), to develop a new
additional dimension dedicated to health and safety at the border (as a
The overall aim of the project is to contribute to
enhancing border security in the Southern Neighbourhood, by fostering bilateral
and regional cooperation, through awareness/capacity building activities and
technical exchanges in the Integrated Border Management domain.
- to enhance border security in the
Southern Mediterranean region, particularly North Africa and the Levant,
by fostering bilateral and regional cooperation;
- to familiarise the participating
countries with the mandate and work of Frontex, the European Border and
Coast Guard Agency;
- to build trust, understanding,
structured partnerships, and exchange of experiences and practices in the
Integrated Border Management domain;
- to enhance the capacity of the
participating countries to conduct risk analysis, situation monitoring, as
well as tactical border and coast guard operations, thus contributing to
the fight against security threats, particularly organised crime and
terrorism in the region;
- health and safety at the borders.
Find more information about this project in our factsheet EU4BorderSecurity at a glance.