MEPs to investigate alleged human rights violations by Frontex

The agency’s budget is to grow from 281 million Euros (349 million US dollars) in 2017 to 322 million Euros (377 million US dollars) in 2020. This marks an important first step in ending the current impunity of the EU's border agency after numerous reports of #FundamentalRights violations. EPA-EFE/JAKUB KAMINSKI POLAND OUT

A View of the new European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) headquarters in Warsaw, Poland, 21 November 2017. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>MEPs to investigate alleged human rights violations by Frontex

By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa06342100 A View of the new European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) headquarters in Warsaw, Poland, 21 November 2017. Since the reports emerged, Frontex has come under fire, with several lawmakers calling for the resignation of the chief of the Warsaw-based agency, Fabrice Leggeri, citing that he failed to effectively investigate properly the agency’s involvement in the illegal pushbacks. Frontex helps manage the EU’s external borders, ensuring their security, and carrying out regular risk analyses and assessments. According to January’s decision, the Frontex working group will investigate the compliance of the Agency with fundamental rights, the agency’s internal management and its transparency as well as accountability towards the European Parliament. Two Left MEPs will be members of this Scrutiny Working Group on @Frontex: @sirarego @ErnstCornelia. The move followed a decision by the parliament’s Civil Liberties committee on January 29 that set up a temporary working group on Frontex to further investigate the allegations of pushbacks and the body’s management practices. First meeting: tomorrow. EPA-EFE/JAKUB KAMINSKI POLAND OUT

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Fourteen MEPs are set to investigate the activities of the bloc’s border guard agency after several reports emerged unveiling that Frontex was involved in illegal migrant pushbacks and other human rights violations. The so-called Frontex Scrutiny Working Group (FSWG) includes two MEPs from all political strips, mandated to carry out a fact-finding mission on the allegations, within the first four months of its existence. The move “marks an important step in ending the current impunity of the EU’s border agency after numerous reports of Fundamental Rights violations,” the group of The Left in the European Parliament tweeted on Monday, ahead of the first meeting of FSWG, scheduled for February 23. https://t.co/IM4bVXJTon
— The Left in the European Parliament (@Left_EU) February 22, 2021