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EU stakeholders and decision-makers

European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex)

European Commission -

  • EU Internal Security Committee (COSI)
  • Strategic Committee on Immigration,Frontiers and Asylum (SCIFA)
  • Frontiers Working Party JAI-RELEX
  • Working Party (JAIEX)
  • Working Party on Integration, Migration and Expulsion
  • Schengen Evaluation Working Party
  • CCWP (Council Customs Cooperation Working Party)

European border control authorities and law enforcement agencies

Organisation Country Website
Polizei Austria
Police/Politie Belgium
Гранична полиция Bulgaria
Police Cyprus
Služba cizinecké a pohraniční policie Czech Republic
Politi Denmark
Politsei-ja Piirivalveamet Estonia
Finnish Border Guard Finland
Finnish Ministry of the Interior (Ministry for Internal Security) Finland
Police Aux Frontières France
Bundespolizei Germany
Ελληνική Αστυνομία Greece
Λιμενικό Σώμα Greece
Rendőrség Hungary
An Garda Síochána Ireland
Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli Italy
Carabinieri Italy
Corpo Forestale dello Stato Italy
Guardia Costiera Italy
Guardia di Finanza Italy
Polizia di Stato Italy
Valsts robežsardze Latvia
Valstybės sienos apsaugos tarnybos Lithuania
Police Grand Ducale Luxembourg
Border Control Services Malta
Koninglijke Marechaussee The Netherlands
Politi Norway
Straż Graniczna Poland
Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras Portugal
Politia de Frontieră Română Romania
Úrad hraničnej a cudzineckej polície Slovakia
Policija Slovenia
Cuerpo Nacional de Policía Spain
Guardia Civil Spain
Kustbevakningen Sweden
Polisen Sweden
The Swiss Border Guard Switzerland
Border Force United Kingdom

ABC4EU: Automated Border Control Gates for Europe

  • Description: ABC4EU stands for Automated Border Control Gates for Europe. It is an EU wide project and involves a Consortium of 14 partners from 7 different countries, with a budget of 16,8 Million Euros, 70% EU funding. The aim is to make border control more flexible by enhancing the workflow and harmonizing the functionalities of Automated Border Control (ABC) gates, which are only one example of automation.
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  • Description: FastPass is an integrated project funded by the European Commission under its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The project is designed to establish and demonstrate a harmonized, modular approach for Automated Border Control (ABC) gates. Border control is a key factor for guaranteeing mobility and security within the European Union; it has to comply with very different - when not opposite- kind of demands: privacy-compliant, quick, accessible and easy to use border crossing process for the travellers; secure, precise, highly reliable system able to detect several kind of threats by border crossing (piggybacking, counter-spoofing...) for the border guards. FastPass should provide an answer to these expectations and therefore develop an innovative solution centered on the end-users requirements, fully respecting the Data Protection concerns and innovating beyond state-of-the-art technologies for more efficiency. The final system will be then tested at the three type of borders: air (Vienna Airport, Austria), land (Moravita’s border crossing point, Romania) and sea (Greece) to assess its transferability to the market. FastPass will produce a harmonised border crossing solution, a modular system for land, air and sea borders, a highly reliable and privacy compliant architecture, and an improved, innovative user interface.
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  • Description: MobilePass is a FP7 research project, which started in 2014. Over 2 years, the MobilePass Consortium focused its efforts on developing a technologically advanced mobile equipment for the land border crossing points. This new device enables border control authorities to check European, visa-holding and frequent third country travellers in a comfortable, fast and secure way. The mobile solution incorporates new technologies needed in mobile scenarios and embeds them in the actual border crossing workflow to speed up control procedures.
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Protect: Pervasive and UseR Focused BiomeTrics BordEr ProjeCT

  • Description: Protect is a 3-year EC H2020 project commenced on September 1st, 2016 and funded under the Secure Societies work programme. The project aims at building an advanced biometric-based person identification system that works robustly across a range of border crossing types and that has strong user-centric features. Additional objectives of the project are to:
    • Research current and emerging biometric technologies and methods for promising alternative technologies to those mandated by ICAO in order to break the constraints presented by those modalities;
    • Prototype concepts developed as a result of PROTECT research in a safe and controlled environment but using real locations with live subjects – to prove their security, accessibility and acceptability;
    • Offer the research, specifications and experience from the prototypes to European border and law-enforcement agencies, to European technology suppliers, having first established the legal and social propriety of such initiatives.
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iBorderCtrl: Intelligent Portable Control System

  • Description: iBorderCtrl is an innovative project that aims to enable faster and thorough border control for third country nationals crossing the land borders of EU Member States (MS), with technologies that adopt the future development of the Schengen Border Management. iBorderCtrl includes software and hardware technologies ranging from portable readers and scanners, various emerging and novel subsystems for automatic controls, highly reliable wireless networking for mobile controls, and secure backend storage and processing. One of the main goals of the project is to design and implement a comprehensive system that adopts mobility concepts and consists of a two-stage-procedure, designed to reduce cost and time spent per traveller at the border crossing station. iBorderCtrl also focuses on the land border crossing points: road, walkway, train stations. It addresses the better facilitation of thorough checking required for third country nationals that intend to cross EU borders.
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TRESSPASS: robusT Risk basEd Screening and alert System for PASSengers and luggage

  • Description: TRESSPASS is a H2020 42-month Innovation action project that covers air, maritime and land (including car and train) border crossing points, and specifically travel routes that combine different modalities. With regards to threats, this includes smuggling, irregular immigration, cross border crime, and terrorism, including threats to the transport itself. TRESSPASS will:
    • develop a single cohesive risk-based border management concept;
    • develop three pivoting pilot demonstrators: Schiphol Airport, Polish Land Border at External EU crossing control point and Port of Piraeus;
    • demonstrate the validity of the single cohesive risk-based border management concept by using red teaming and simulations;
    • prepare for the further development of this concept beyond this project by linking to other known risk-based border management projects (in- and outside EU, within EU research frameworks and on national levels), and describe how their results contribute to a single cohesive risk-based border management concept.
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