Migration and Home Affairs

European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex)

A B C D E F G H I J L M N O P Q R S T U V W X

Definition(s)

A European Union agency tasked with the border control of the Schengen area, in coordination with the national authorities of the Schengen Member States (and IC, NO, IE and UK) responsible for border management and for the implementation of the European integrated border management as a shared responsibility of the Agency and the national authorities.

Source(s)

Art. 3(1) of Regulation (EU) 2016/1624 (European Border and Coast Guard Regulation)

Translations

  • BG: Европейска агенция за граничен контрол и брегова охрана
  • CS: Evropská agentura pro pohraniční a pobřežní stráž
  • DE: Europäische Agentur für die Grenz- und Küstenwache
  • EL: Ευρωπαϊκός Οργανισμός Συνοριοφυλακής και Ακτοφυλακής
  • EN: European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex)
  • ES: Guardia Europea de Fronteras y Costas
  • ET: Euroopa Piiri- ja Rannikuvalve Amet
  • FI: Euroopan raja- ja merivartiovirasto
  • FR: Agence européenne de garde-frontières et de garde-côtes
  • GA: an Gníomhaireacht Eorpach um an nGarda Teorann agus Cósta
  • HU: Európai Határ- és Partvédelmi Ügynökség
  • IT: Agenzia europea della guardia di frontiera e costiera
  • LT: Europos sienų ir pakrančių apsaugos agentūra
  • LV: Eiropas Robežu un krasta apsardzes aģentūra
  • MT: L-Aġenzija Ewropea għall-Gwardja tal-Fruntiera u tal-Kosta
  • NL: Europees Grens- en Kustwachtagentschap
  • PT: Agência Europeia da Guarda de Fronteiras e Costeira
  • SK: Európska agentúra pre pohraničnú a pobrežnú stráž
  • SL: Evropska agencija za mejno in obalno stražo
  • SV: Europeiska gräns- och kustbevakningsbyrån
  • NO: Den europeiske grense- og kystvakt

Synonym(s)

  • EBCGA
  • European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union
  • Frontex

Broader Term(s)

Related Term(s)

Note(s)

1. The European Agency for the Border and Coast Guard based in Warsaw was established by Regulation (EU) No 2016/1624 (European Border and Coast Guard Regulation) of 14 September 2016. It is not a new body but emerged from the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union which was established in 2004 by Council Regulation (EC) 2007/2004 (Frontex-Regulation). Its mandate and tasks have, however, been extended and it has been transformed into a fully-fledged European Agency. In order to reflect these changes, it was renamed the European Border and Coast Guard Agency which continues to be commonly referred to as ‘Frontex’.
2. The Agency does not have its own equipment or border guards, but coordinates operational cooperation between Schengen Member States (and NO, IC, IE and UK)/in external border management.
3. Art. 8 of Regulation (EU) No 2016/1624 describes the main tasks of the Agency which include among others:
- monitoring migration flows and carrying out risk analysis as regards all aspects of integrated border management;
- coordinating and organising joint operations and rapid border interventions to assist participating states at the external EU borders, including humanitarian emergencies and rescue at sea;
- coordinating and organising joint operations and rapid border interventions to assist participating states at the external EU borders, including humanitarian emergencies and rescue at sea;
- setting up and deploying European Border and Coast Guard teams, including a rapid reaction pool;
- assisting participating states in fulfilling their return AL9 including coordinating and organising return operations.
4. Another objective of the Agency is the prevention of cross-border crime such as smuggling of migrants, terrorism or trafficking in human beings.
5. For further information, see the webpage of Frontex

Tags: