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Frontexit PRESS CONFERENCE : "Frontex: Implementing the EU's irresponsible migration policy"

Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00

Vendredi 23 mai à 9h30 au Résidence Palace (Rue de la Loi, 155 à 1040 Bruxelles) 

In the run up to the European elections, after a year of research on Frontex, the members of the FRONTEXIT campaign are presenting their findings and their latest report, 'Frontex between Greece and Turkey: The border of denial', at a press conference on 23 May in Brussels.            Despite cosmetic changes in the agency’s mandate and the development of a professional communications strategy, its activities remain incompatible with the respect of fundamental rights.

Based on reports and direct testimonies, the members of the campaign call attention to:

  •          Frontex’s complicity in the violation of migrants’ rights;
  •          A lack of transparency and control regarding its work;
  •          The absence of any significant accountability for its activities; and
  •          The agency's growing influence in the shaping of border management in the EU and beyond.

With a budget of €89 million in 2014, Frontex has seen its powers increase continually despite the lack of fundamental rights safeguards, in particular through the revision of its mandate in 2011, and most recently in 2014, with the adoption of a new regulation on maritime interception. It also has the key responsibility of administrating Eurosur, the vast European border surveillance system. These new competences have come on top of the existing prerogatives of the agency: border surveillance, the interception of migrants and the coordination of forced return operations.

In March 2013, 21 organisations together with researchers and civil society activists from Africa and Europe launched the FRONTEXIT campaign. Their latest findings make clear the importance of the concerns raised by the UN Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, the EU Ombudsman and the Council of Europe over Frontex's responsibility for the violation of migrants' rights.

Frontex is responsible for implementing and further developing a European border management policy based on quasi-military technology and equipment. Each year thousands of people are treated as “enemies” and end up detained, 'pushed back' or even dead - the victims of a strategy based on security and not human rights.

Press conference on Friday 23 May 2014 at 09.30 a.m

09.30 am -Welcome

10.00-10.50 am - Presentation of the annual outcome of the research undertaken by the FRONTEXIT campaign by Caroline Intrand of the Coordination et initiatives pour réfugiés et étrangers-CIRE/Migreurop and Anna Sibley de la Fédération des associations de solidarité avec les travailleur-euse-s Immigré-e-s-FASTI/Migreurop + discussion with the audience

10.50 -11.30 am-Launch of the report: “Frontex between Greece and Turkey: The border of denial” byAnita Kynsilehto of the Euro Mediterranean Human Rights Network-EMHRN+ discussion with the audience

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