“It is only together that we can win the fight against transnational crime” – the European Border and Coast Guard Day took place in Sopot.
The European Border and Coast Guard Day (the EBCG Day) was an occasion to exchange experience and knowledge in the field of border control. The conference, held on 24 May 2018 in Sopot, was attended, i.a., by Minister of the Interior and Administration Joachim Brudziński, Deputy Minister Renata Szczęch, the Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri and the representatives of the European Commission, border and coast guards of the EU countries, as well as international experts.
The participants of the event, that is organized annually by the Frontex Agency, discussed issues concerning illegal migration. – We all know that criminals do not respect state borders - in order to fight them effectively, we must cooperate and coordinate our efforts with our neighbours and partners from other countries – said Minister Joachim Brudziński. The Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri agreed that the safety of the citizens depends on good cooperation among the countries. - It is only together that we can win the fight against transnational crime – he stressed. The participants focused on the issues concerning borders’ protection and on the resulting challenges.
- I am proud that the Polish Border Guard supports its partners in the countries that are directly exposed to illegal migration – said the Minister of the Interior and Administration at the conference. The Polish Border Guard officers take part in missions abroad and in missions coordinated by Frontex or regulated by international agreements.
The European Border and Coast Guard Agency primarily assists in managing the external borders of the European Union, monitors migratory flows and prepares periodic risk analysis. It also provides member states with operational and technical support. In the forthcoming years Frontex is planning to increase the number of employees (from 500 currently employed to over 1,000 in the year 2020). The Agency will also have its own equipment used during transnational operations.