|Type||European Union agency|
|Founded||October 26, 2004 (ratified)
May 1, 2005 (established)
|Main Organisation||European Union|
FRONTEX stands for European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union.
The central office of FROTEX which was established in 26th of October 2004 and became effective in 1st of May 2005 is located in Warsaw, the capital city of Poland. As tough the initial goals of its foundation included cooperation on border management, executing common policies and training of border officials, in the course of time, the agency started to act as a “border patrol” of EU with its assigned personnel and military ships particularly in Aegean and Mediterranean regions. Rapid Border Intervention Teams (RABITs) controlled by FRONTEX received reactions from civil community throughout Europe as a result of their armed interventions to migrants and asylum seekers passing borders and they were accused of using excessive and unnecessary violence and forcing asylum seekers and migrants to a more dangerous journey.