Securing Europe's external borders: Launch of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency
EU News 325/2016
Kapitan Andreevo, 6 October 2016
Today the European Border and Coast Guard Agency is being officially launched, less than a year after it was first proposed by the Commission.
Under the new mandate, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency's role and activities have been significantly expanded. The Agency’s permanent staff will be more than doubled and the Agency will be able to purchase its own equipment and deploy them in border operations at short notice. A rapid reserve pool of at least 1,500 border guards and a technical equipment pool will be put at the disposal of the Agency – meaning there will no longer be shortages of staff or equipment for Agency operations. The European Border and Coast Guard will now ensure the implementation of Union standards of border management through periodic risk analysis and mandatory vulnerability assessments.
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