European Union – Launch of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (October 6, 2016)

France welcomes the launch today of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, composed of 1,500 officers who can be deployed in less than five days in order to strengthen the EU’s external border controls.

France is making a substantial contribution to this new border response capability by providing 170 officers and technical equipment in order to support any member state faced with exceptional migration flows.

The European Border and Coast Guard Agency will conduct its first operation at the Kapitan- Andreevo checkpoint at the border between Bulgaria and Turkey.

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