MEPs have reached an agreement to close the accounts of the European Union and Frontex for the year 2019. But they have called for a freezing of part of next year’s budget.
The move follows a request by the European Parliament’s Budget Control Committee to freeze part of the 2022 budget in September.
At the meeting on Friday, October 22nd, MEPs recommended giving Frontex a discharge for its 2019 budget. However, such a proposal would need the approval of the entire House of Representatives, TheSchengen.com reports.
The recommendation to exempt Frontex from the 2019 budget received 558 votes in favor, 82 against, and 46 abstentions.
“In the accompanying resolution, MEPs acknowledge Frontex’s efforts to address the shortcomings identified in Parliament’s first demobilization report this spring. However, MEPs request that a portion of Frontex’s 2022 budget be frozen and made available only once the agency meets a number of specific conditions.” .
In addition, the announcement highlights that among the conditions also the appointment of 20 fundamental rights monitors is missing while emphasizing that three deputy CEOs must be qualified for the position.
For the EU’s 2022 budget, by 470 in favor, 96 against and 125 abstentions, MEPs urged that the amount of Frontex’s budget for next year be set in reserve at €90 million, or about 12 per cent of the agency’s proposed draft. Budget for 2022 (75,779,3708 euros).
The statement indicated that the House of Representatives has issued negative decisions regarding the performance of the House since 2009.
Earlier, TheSchengen.com reported that the European Parliament will discuss the EU’s 2022 budget during the plenary season.
“It will be voted on by the full House of Representatives during the session of Parliament 18-21 October, prior to negotiations with the Council, with a view to reaching an agreement on the EU budget for the next year by November 15. It can also be put to a vote during the same plenary session”, states the Statement.
The agency has often been accused of being involved in human rights abuses, including illegal pushbacks of people who have sought asylum in EU countries.
However, a report published by the Frontex Scrutini working group found no evidence that the agency was involved in any illegal affairs such as human rights abuses or other similar illegal affairs.
The European Court of Accounts (ECA) has declared that the European Union Border Agency is not sufficiently assisting the countries of the European Union and the Schengen area in order to manage the situation at the external borders of the European Union.