The Frontex Scrutiny Working Group report found no evidence that the European Border and Coast Guard Agency-Frontex has been implicated in human rights abuses such as illegal returns of asylum seekers at EU borders, although the agency has often been accused of blinding. Eye on reported human rights violations in EU countries.
The agency welcomed the audit working group’s latest report, TheSchengen.com reports.
Frontex’s statement says the agency cooperated with the European Parliament’s audit group transparently, and welcomed MEPs during an online visit to the agency and information exchange.
“I acknowledge the findings and recommendations of Parliament’s fact-finding examination. Frontex is a larger and more complex institution than it was two years ago, so the system designed in the past needs further transformation. Frontex Director Fabrice Leggeri noted that the report emphasized that The challenges of agency transformation in a more and more complex security environment.
Leggeri said the agency is determined to uphold the highest standards of border inspections in its operations while adding that “we will consider the recommendations and see how we can implement them to further enhance respect for fundamental rights in all of our activities.”
The agency has completed two phases of investigation into media allegations that Frontex was involved in human rights abuse. However, an internal investigation and the recent report of a special working group appointed by the Board of Directors found no evidence that Frontex was involved in such violations.
Last month, the European Council of Auditors (ECA) said the EU’s border agency was not effective enough in helping EU countries and the Schengen area manage the EU’s external borders.
Earlier this year, Frontex suspended its operations in Hungary after it was criticized for not helping Budapest fight the immigration issue.
Frontex’s suspension of its operations in Hungary followed a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in December, which asserted that the central Mediterranean country was breaching EU law by restricting access to migrants and asylum seekers, as well as returning them to Serbia. across the Hungarian-Serbian border.
A recent report published by Frontex revealed that a total of 11,500 people tried to enter European countries illegally through their external borders in June 2021. The same source shows that these numbers represent a 69 percent increase compared to the June 2020 figures.