Border management policy has witnessed considerable developments over the past decade, with the creation of instruments and agencies such as the Schengen Information System, the Visa Information System and the European Agency for the operational management of Large Scale IT Systems in the area of Freedom, Security and Justice (EU-LISA).
In February 2016, as a response to the heightened migratory and security challenges, the Smart Borders Package was proposed by the Commission with the aim to improve the management of the external borders of the Schengen Member States. A revised legislative proposal was tabled in April 2016, including the establishment of an Entry/Exit System, an amendment to the Schengen Borders Code and the extension of Frontex’s mandate, creating a genuine European Border and Coast Guard Agency (EBCGA).
Launched in October 2016, the EBCGA is managing the EUROSUR and will collaborate with EU-LISA and other agencies like EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency) and the SatCen (EU Satellite Center). Dedicated capabilities will be managed by the EBCGA in cooperation with Member States. The Agencies will also look at increasing interoperability through the development of technical standards for equipment, and through a possible increased role in research and innovation activities.
ASD recognises the importance of the European Commission and Frontex’s activities in procurement, research and standardisation. Efforts to harmonise equipment needs at European level, stimulate the procurement of equipment at the national level and fund the development of national border security assets are equally welcomed by the industry.
ASD therefore aims to:
- inform EU initiatives on border security;
- support investments in R&I and border management infrastructures;
- provide input to the work on standardisation;
- further develop its relationship with Frontex (EBCGA).