The Frontex Management Board has taken the decision to establish Frontex’s first Operational Office (“FOO”) in Piraeus, Greece. According to the Frontex press release, the purpose of the office is to provide regionally-based support for Frontex coordinated activities such as joint operations and enhanced situational awareness. If this pilot project is successful, it is expected that future FOOs would be established elsewhere such as the Western Mediterranean, the Western Balkans and Black Sea, and Eastern land borders.
According to the Frontex press release, Frontex Executive Director Laitinen said the establishment of this FOO “supports the possible enhancement of [the] Frontex mandate highlighted in the Stockholm Programme … I can even say this decision anticipates potential enlargement of the EU and Schengen zone. It gives Frontex a possibility to offer more support for the operational involvement of third countries, something that is essential for effective border management.”
Click here for Frontex statement.
Click here for the Final Report on the “Study on the feasibility of establishing specialised branches of Frontex.” The specific functions of the new FOO are based in part on this feasibility study which was prepared in 2009.