Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, provides support to EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries in managing the EU’s external borders and tackling cross-border crime.
Thanks to the standing corps, Frontex is the home of the European Union’s first uniformed law enforcement service. It is actively engaged in operations across the EU’s external borders and beyond.
Frontex is a hub of expertise for border control activities, sharing intelligence and knowledge with all EU Member States and neighbouring countries affected by irregular migration and cross-border crime. By leveraging its expertise and resources, Frontex has become an essential partner in the fight against transnational crime and protecting the EU's external borders.
Whenever an EU Member State requests assistance at the external borders, the agency’s highly trained standing corps officers, supported by vessels, aeroplanes and border surveillance equipment, spring into action. These officers work together to carry out essential border control operations and other security-related tasks, as well as search and rescue operations. Their presence is not just limited to Europe’s sea and land borders, but also extend to international airports.
Each operation is based on risk analysis and uniquely tailored to the circumstances identified by Frontex in its risk analysis.
Our border operation span across the European Union, from EU’s eastern borders, through the Western Balkans, down to Greece and Cyprus, as well as Italy and Spain.
The agency is active outside the EU in countries that have signed a Status Agreement with the European Commission. Frontex has operations in Moldova, Serbia, Montenegro and Albania. There are also dozens of Frontex’s officers working at EU and international airports.