February 25
2021
Trajan Shipley
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23rd February 2021
Employment & Immigration Human Rights Institutional law

Frontex adopts new Fundamental Rights Strategy

The Management Board of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) has adopted a new Fundamental Rights Strategy that will seek to implement new standards and practices in how the agency deals with fundamental rights in all of its operations. 

Frontex has struggled in the past months with media reports of violations of fundamental rights and of the Frontex Code of Conduct by deployed officers, who allegedly pushed back potential asylum seekers off the Greek coast, as reported here by EU Law Live. It sought to address those reports by, inter alia, launching internal inquiries and establishing a Management Board Working Group on Fundamental Rights and Operations. 

The new Fundamental Rights Strategy, the first revision since the 2011 version, sets as its objective to guarantee the protection of fundamental rights in the performance of the daily tasks of the agency, and establishes a set of guiding principles. In line with provisions of the Frontex Regulation (2019/1896), it allows the Executive Director to refrain from certain actions if there are serious reasons to consider that it may lead to a violation of fundamental rights.

The new Fundamental Rights Strategy also covers the responsibilities of participants in Frontex operational activities and the fundamental rights in education and training, research and innovation, and will be elaborated in a dedicated Action Plan.

Read Frontex’s new strategy here.

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