Frontex concludes four-year Eastern Partnership project
On 20 November, Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, hosted the final meeting of the Eastern Partnership Integrated Border Management (EaP IBM) Capacity Building Project. Over the last four years, it expanded the ability of the border agencies of the six Eastern Partnership countries - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine - to effectively implement the Integrated Border Management concept.
The EaP IBM project aimed at ensuring effective control of the external borders by addressing migratory challenges and combating cross-border crime by enhancing the collaboration at national, cross-border and international levels.
As part of the project, more than 600 border guards and 600 customs officials have been trained by Frontex. Topics covered at more than 80 courses included document checks, interview techniques, screening and identification of nationalities, combatting trafficking in human beings and fundamental rights.
It was the first technical assistance project implemented by Frontex as a leading agency. The International Organization for Migration, International Centre for Migration Policy Development and the World Customs Organization served as project partners and funding was provided by the European Commission.