On 24 July 2019 a delegation from the IPA/2017 Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans Project attended a meeting at the Headquarters of Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, in Warsaw, Poland to present the Sea Gate project. The Sea Gate project results from the need to provide a concrete response against the ever-growing and overlooked illicit trafficking taking place in the Adriatic Sea. The project was enthusiastically welcomed by the representative of Frontex who expressed their great interest to support the ambitious initiative.

The foremost task of the Sea Gate project is to enhance the international cooperation of all the competent law enforcement agencies at operational level involved in the fight against illicit trafficking taking place in the Adriatic Sea. This includes establishing functional and well-established multilateral cooperation with the purpose to exchange intelligence, as well as jointly undertaking preventive and repressive measures aimed at addressing all forms of cross-border crimes, and overall increasing the level of security and safety in the Adriatic Sea.

Frontex representatives have proposed to arrange a further operational meeting with the IPA/2017 CSCWB Project to better define the terms for their cooperation within the Sea Gate project.