22 June 2011
The negotiators of the three EU institutions – the European Parliament, the Council, and the European Commission, today reached a political agreement on giving the External Border Agency Frontex a stronger mandate to carry out its tasks.
A little over a year ago, EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström put forward a proposal to strengthen Frontex – including by giving fundamental rights a more prominent role. The Commission's proposal is what the negotiators have now agreed on:
"I very much welcome this political agreement which confirms the EU's commitment to strengthening the operational capabilities of Frontex, also ensuring that the activities of the Agency will take place in full respect of the European fundamental rights provisions. This proposal will ensure that members of Frontex teams fully respect fundamental rights and human dignity, including the principle of non-refoulement*", said Cecilia Malmström.
*Non-refoulement means that no asylum seeker can be sent back before his or her asylum application has been assessed.