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Frontex and the United Kingdom strengthen border management cooperation

Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, and the United Kingdom’s Home Office signed a working arrangement to pave the way for close cooperation in border management and security. This formal signing embodies our joint commitment to enhancing safety and security while upholding fundamental rights obligations.

This collaboration is rooted in the mutual understanding that effective border management requires close cooperation across borders. The arrangement provides a framework for joint efforts in areas including situational awareness, risk analysis, information exchange, and capacity building. It also opens new avenues for innovation and technical cooperation, emphasising the deployment of staff for advisory and coordination roles.

The official signing ceremony, held in London, signifies the start of a detailed planning phase. Both parties will now work together to outline specific cooperation plans, ensuring a number of joint activities designed to tackle challenges such as illegal migration and cross-border crime efficiently.

“With this agreement, together we reaffirm our commitment to enhancing the security and management of our borders, reflecting our collective dedication to a safer, more secure Europe,” said Frontex Executive Director Hans Leijtens.

The working arrangement was signed by Hans Leijtens, Frontex Executive Director, and Phil Douglas, Director General, Border Force (UK). Also present at the ceremony were European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson and Secretary of State for the Home Department, James Cleverly.