Frontex and the respect of fundamental rights: from better protection to full responsibility

3 June 2014
Yves Pascouau (Senior Adviser to EPC on migration and mobility policies) and Pascal Schumacher (JHA Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of Luxembourg to the EU)

The European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (Frontex) was created to improve border management cooperation between Member States. Seen from its inception as a security-oriented body, tools and rules have been gradually developed to enhance the human rights dimension and protection regarding Frontex activities. However, this step has not been accompanied with the explicit recognition of Frontex’s legal responsibility regarding violations of human rights occurring during joint operations it coordinates. Despite Frontex position rejecting such a responsibility, it is no longer clear whether this position can be maintained, as Yves Pascouau and Pascal Schumacher demonstrate in this Policy Brief.

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