ERA Forum

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 385–398 | Cite as

The new European Border and Coast Guard: yet another “half way” EU reform?

  • Francesca FerraroEmail author
  • Emilio De Capitani


The adoption of EU Regulation 2016/1624 is an endeavour to widen the scope of existing measures shaping a fully-fledged EU integrated border policy. This article discusses key innovations and ambiguities in the text in the light of the debate regarding the still lacking supranational model. EU security has become the driving factor of border management system. The article argues that the respect for the principle of institutional balance is threatened by this Regulation as well as the principles of the rule of law and democratic control, notably at national level.


EU Integrated Border Management European Border and Coast Guard Rule of law Democratic deficit Solidarity principle EU agencies FRONTEX, Schengen EU Regulation 2016/1624 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Naples “L’Orientale”NapoliItaly
  2. 2.Queen Mary University of LondonLondonUK

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