Frontex applies additional changes following European Parliament recommendations
Several measures have been taken recently by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex, in response to the recommendations of the European Parliament.
According to Frontex, the actions are aimed at improving the functioning of the Agency as a place of work and as a central organisation, thus helping Member States to secure the EU’s common external borders, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
“These range from improved budgetary and financial management to greater attention to fundamental rights in all the activities of the Agency, including greater transparency. All of these steps aim to give our partners, stakeholders and EU citizens a better understanding of Frontex’s core business,” reads the press release issued by Frontex.
Frontex also added that it strives to build a culture of trust, accountability, empowerment, inclusion, transparency and cooperation within the Agency.
Otherwise, the measures taken by Frontex include increased control and training of staff in budgetary and financial management and the creation of an internal audit for better governance, compliance and accountability at Frontex.
At the same time, Frontex explained that among the actions undertaken so far is also the strengthening of the Office for Fundamental Rights, which covers the creation of a network of focal points for fundamental rights in all its entities in order to developing fundamental rights expertise in all areas of activity, and recruiting 46 fundamental rights observers.
In addition, the same reveals that part of the actions is also the revision of the serious incident reporting mechanism in 2021 to improve the reporting of events at the external borders, including violations of fundamental rights.
Frontex also explains that the implementation of the recommendations of the Frontex Control Working Group and the prioritization of staff well-being as well as the promotion of a change of managerial culture within the Agency will be objectives to be achieved.
In a press release published on 9 September, the Agency announced that this new network is made up of representatives of the Member States and of the institutions of the associated Schengen countries responsible for returns.
According to Frontex, one of the main reasons for creating this network is to coordinate the efforts of all Member States to ensure effective returns at EU level.
In this regard, the Deputy Executive Director of Frontex, Lars Gerdes, affirmed that Frontex is a key cell that serves the implementation of the EU return strategy by providing technical and operational support to Member States throughout throughout the return process, including voluntary returns after arrival. and reintegration.