Frontex is the common name for the European Border and Coast Guard Agency. The term Frontex derives from the French for external borders, frontières extérieures.

The agency's work is based around improving and strengthening border security systems at the land and sea borders of the European Union. In the words of the agency itself, "the activities of Frontex are intelligence driven. Frontex complements and provides particular added value to the national border management systems of the Member States."

The purpose of this observatory is to analyse and document the role and activities of Frontex.

You can find documents, reports and material published by Statewatch, materials published by Frontex, along with documentation of legal and administrative complaints that have been made about the agency, by Statewatch and other entities.

You can find more news, analyses, and publications elsewhere on the website, and in the Statewatch database, by using the search function.

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