Instrument for Financial Support for Border Management and Visa Policy 2021-2027 BMVI Open!


The Instrument shall contribute to the following specific objectives: 

  1. supporting effective European integrated border management at the external borders, implemented by the European Border and Coast Guard as a shared responsibility of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency and the national authorities responsible for border management, to facilitate legitimate border crossings, to prevent and detect illegal immigration and cross-border crime and to effectively manage migratory flows;
  2. supporting the common visa policy to ensure a harmonised approach with regard to the issuance of visas and to facilitate legitimate travel, while helping to prevent migratory and security risks.


The Instrument shall in particular support the following:

  1. infrastructure, buildings, systems and services required at border crossing points and for border surveillance between border crossing points;
  2. operating equipment, including means of transport and ICT systems, required for effective and secure border control at border crossing points and for border surveillance, in accordance with standards developed by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, where such standards exist;
  3. training in the field of, or contributing to the development of, European integrated border management, taking into account operational needs and risk analyses, including challenges identified in the recommendations referred to in Article 13(7), and full compliance with fundamental rights;
  4. the joint deployment of immigration liaison officers to third countries in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2019/1240 of the European Parliament and of the Council (1) and secondments of border guards and other relevant experts to Member States or from a Member State to a third country, reinforcement of cooperation and operational capacity of networks of experts or liaison officers, and the exchange of best practices and boosting the capacity of European networks to assess, promote, support and develop Union policies;
  5. the exchange of best practices and expertise, studies, pilot projects, and other relevant actions aiming to implement or develop European integrated border management, including measures aiming to develop the European Border and Coast Guard, such as common capacity building, joint procurement, establishment of common standards and other measures streamlining the cooperation and coordination between the European Border and Coast Guard Agency and Member States, and measures related to the referral of vulnerable persons in need of assistance and persons who are in need of, or who wish to apply for, international protection;
  6. actions developing innovative methods or deploying new technologies with a potential for transferability to other Member States, in particular deploying the results of security research projects where such deployment has been identified by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, acting under Article 66 of Regulation (EU) 2019/1896, as contributing to the development of operational capabilities of the European Border and Coast Guard;
  7. preparatory, monitoring, administrative and technical activities required to implement external border policies, including to strengthen the governance of the Schengen area by developing and implementing the evaluation mechanism, established by Regulation (EU) No 1053/2013 to verify the application of the Schengen acquis and Regulation (EU) 2016/399, including mission expenditure for experts of the Commission and the Member States participating in on-site visits and measures to implement recommendations issued following vulnerability assessments carried out by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2019/1896;
  8. actions to enhance the quality of data stored in ICT systems and to improve the exercise of a data subject’s rights to information, access to, and rectification and erasure of, his or her personal data, and to the restriction of the processing thereof;
  9. identification, fingerprinting, registration, security checks, debriefing, provision of information, medical and vulnerability screening and, where necessary, medical care and referral of third country nationals to the appropriate procedure at the external borders;
  10. actions that aim to enhance awareness of external border policies among stakeholders and the general public, including corporate communication of the political priorities of the Union;
  11. the development of statistical tools, methods and indicators that respect the principle of non-discrimination;
  12. operating support for the implementation of European integrated border management.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the programme is:

  • 5.241,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

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