The European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex, began on 24 October to recruit border guards for its own standing corps.

In April, the EU agreed that the centerpiece of the reinforced Agency would be a standing corps of 10,000 Frontex border guards and national officers from EU member states and Schengen-associated countries. They will carry out border control and migration management tasks to assist EU states facing migratory pressure, by assisting in document checks, border surveillance and return of people who no longer have the right to stay in the EU.

“Today is a special day for Frontex, one that will lead to a true transformation of our agency. For the first time Frontex will have its owned uniformed service, working under the banner of the European Union” said Frontex executive director Fabrice Leggeri.

The first border guards will be ready to take on their new tasks in January 2021.