Migration and Home Affairs

Today the European Border and Coast Guard Agency is being officially launched, less than a year after it was first proposed by the Commission.

Thursday, 6 October, 2016

The launch event takes place at the Kapitan Andreevo Border Checkpoint at the Bulgarian external border with Turkey and includes a presentation of the vehicles, equipment and teams of the new Agency, as well as a press conference attended by Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Bulgaria Rumiana Bachvarova, State Secretary of the Interior Ministry of the Slovak Republic Denisa Sakova, Executive Director of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency Fabrice Leggeri, EU interior ministers and other senior officials. Building on the foundations of Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency will closely monitor the EU's external borders and work together with Member States to quickly identify and address any potential security threats to the EU's external borders.

For more information:

  • IP/16/3281: Securing Europe's external borders: Launch of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency
  • MEMO/16/3308: The new European Border and Coast Guard Agency: Questions and answers
  • SPEECH/16/3334: Remarks by Commissioner Avramopoulos at the launch of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency
  • Factsheet: A European Border and Coast Guard