On 23 February 2017, Mr Fabrice Leggeri, Executive Director of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, FRONTEX, met with Ms Michèle Coninsx, President of Eurojust, at the Eurojust headquarters in The Hague. The objective of the visit was to open a dialogue on new cooperation opportunities between the two EU bodies, in light of FRONTEX’s expanded mandate.
Since September 2016, FRONTEX has been tasked to cooperate with Eurojust and Europol and to assist the EU Member States in situations where advanced technical and operational support is necessary at the external EU borders in the fight against serious organised crime and terrorism.
The meeting focused on concrete measures and steps that can be taken immediately to establish operational cooperation between Eurojust and Frontex, while developing in parallel a cooperation agreement allowing for the exchange of operational information.
Following the constructive meeting, Ms Coninsx and Mr Leggeri agreed that Eurojust and FRONTEX will further develop their cooperation to better support the Member States in their fight against serious crime, in particular terrorism, human trafficking and illegal immigrant smuggling. Deepening the partnership between Eurojust and FRONTEX is an essential ingredient in European security and protecting the borders of the European Union.
FRONTEX’s new mandate