Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, has launched a recruitment campaign for Europe’s first uniformed service – the European Border and Coast Guard standing corps.
The corps is a unique service that will carry out border control and migration management tasks to assist EU member states. These will include identity and document checks, border surveillance and the return of people who are illegally staying in the European Union.
The European Border and Coast Guard standing corps will consist of Frontex border guards and national officers from EU member states and Schengen-associated countries. The first recruitment campaign aims to hire more than 700 Frontex border guards. Candidates will have until December 16 to apply.
These Frontex border guards, together with national officers from European countries, will work mainly at the external borders of the European Union. They may also work outside the EU in countries that have signed Status Agreements with the EU.
Before Frontex border guards can start their work, each will have to complete six months of training and undergo tests to ensure that they have the necessary skills to operate together at the external borders, complying with applicable EU law and ethical standards.
The first Frontex border guards will be ready to take on their new tasks in January 2021.
Frontex hosted the 24th International Border Police Conference (IBPC) on October 31. The bi-annual event brought together law enforcement executives from nearly 100 countries on five continents, as well as representatives of international organizations, EU institutions and agencies. Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, David Pekoske, delivered a keynote speech and held a meeting with Frontex officials to discuss common challenges and further strengthen bilateral collaboration.