What is European Day for Border Guards

The European Day for Border Guards (ED4BG) is an annual event, organised by Frontex, taking place second half of May each year.

ED4BG presents Europe’s border-guard community with an opportunity to share experiences and best practice. It provides a forum for topical discussion, exchange of views between key border-management players, and a platform to bring together the worlds of public service and private industry.

One of the event’s key objectives is to foster a community of EU border guardianship with shared values and priorities. Above all it is an expression of appreciation and celebration of Europe’s border-management authorities and their personnel.

European Day for Border Guards 2017


  • Dan Thorell

    Rear Admiral (CG) Dan Thorell was appointed Director, International Affairs at the Swedish Coast Guard in September 2016 and is the chairman of the Swedish National advisory board on maritime surveillance, which coordinates 12 governmental authorities need for maritime surveillance and information.

  • Sander Luijsterburg

    Sander Luijsterburg is the Deputy Head of Unit in the Migration Policy Department of the Ministry of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, dealing with Border Management Policy. Previously, he worked as a JHA Counsellor in the Netherlands Permanent Representation in Brussels.

  • Exhibitors

    Find out more about exhibitors during ED4BG 2017.

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  • Cinema

    By presenting both documentaries and works of fiction, ED4BG Cinema hopes to spark a discussion about the challenges at and beyond the continental frontiers.

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  • ED4BG on the road

    This programme takes ED4BG twice a year to different Frontex Partnership Academies and the virtual world to present interesting topics related to border management to a wider audience.

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