European agency for external borders to be seated in Warsaw

The Council has decided on the location of the European agency for external borders just two weeks before it is up and running. 

The Justice and Home Affairs Council decided unanimously, on 14 April 2005, that the headquarters of the European Agency for External Borders will be located in Warsaw. The objective of the agency is to encourage co-operation between national border surveillance agencies. 

The responsibility for border control lies with the member states, but the agency will “contribute to an efficient, high and uniform level of control on persons and surveillance of the external border of the member states”.

The agency was initially proposed by the Commission in 2003 and was supposed to be up and running in January 2005, but there was a delay as member states could not agree on where the agency should be established. Budapest, Warsaw, Ljubljana, Valetta and Tallinn were all in the running.

The agency is now expected to be launched on 1 May 2005. The Commission proposal for the next financial perspective (2007-2013) has earmarked 285.1 million euros for the agency.

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