April 23
2021
Trajan Shipley
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7th April 2021
Institutional law

Ombudsman finds no maladministration in Frontex’s refusal to provide documents containing tracking data of vessels used in its maritime operations

The European Ombudsman has concluded in case 233/2021/OAM that there was no maladministration committed by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) in its refusal to disclose access to documents containing tracking data regarding specific vessels used in Frontex maritime operations, as well as detailed information on the technical equipment deployed.

The request had been made by a Member of the European Parliament, and Frontex had justified its refusal that disclosure would undermine the protection of the public interest as regards public security. Frontex also alleged that it did not hold any documents containing the specific data requested by the complainant, namely AIS and LRIT data.

The Ombudsman found that

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