FRONTEX Management Board meeting in Vilnius

25 September 2013, Last updated at, 11:26 EEST
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On 25-26 September 2013, a meeting of the Management Board of the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (FRONTEX) is to be held in Vilnius. The Management Board is composed of representatives of the European Commission and the EU border security authorities.

During the event which is to be held in LITEXPO Exhibition Centre, the heads of the EU border guard agencies will discuss issues related to FRONTEX activities in the next year as well as the budget for the year 2014.

The heads of the EU border guard authorities will also address the issues regarding organization and effectiveness of FRONTEX coordinated operations aimed at ensuring efficient border control. The Management Board will be provided with relevant information about the latest events and trends at the European Union's external borders.

FRONTEX Operations Division will also present its activity report and the follow-up of operational guidelines.

The heads of border guard authorities will set the dates of the Management Board meetings for the year 2014 and schedule the elections of the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of FRONTEX Management Board.

The main tasks of FRONTEX are coordination of cooperation between the EU Member States in the field of management of external borders, assisting Member States in training and upgrading of professional skills of border guards as well as establishing common training standards. The Agency also conducts a risk analysis and monitoring of the research developments related to the external border control.

Other tasks of FRONTEX include assistance rendered to the EU Member States both in human and technical recourses in case of a crisis situation at the Community’s external borders and in organizing illegal immigrants’ joint return operations.

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