On the European Border and Coast Guard (Frontex)
The European border and coast guard (Frontex) has a crucial role to protect our external borders.
The EPP Group wants to grant the 2019 discharge to the European Border and Coast Guard because Parliament’s investigation found no proof of the agency’s involvement in any violation of human rights. On the contrary, it became evident that Frontex is operating under highly complex and challenging circumstances when it comes to fulfilling its tasks. The EPP Group has always supported Frontex and advocated an effective management of the EU’s external borders.
Frontex is growing rapidly in both budget, human resources and competences, with a standing corps of 10.000 border guards currently being put in place. With its greater role comes a need for greater accountability. Frontex should be strengthened, not weakened! To ensure adequate parliamentary oversight of the European border and coast guard agency, the EPP Group pushed for the creation of a standing Frontex Scrutiny Working Group to monitor all aspects of the functioning of Frontex. We will continue to hold Frontex to account in order to make sure external border protection remains as robust, as efficient and as transparent in its operations as possible.