New Scrutiny group in the European Parliament will monitor allegations against Frontex
Renew welcomes the decision of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs to investigate the allegations of human rights violations and illegal pushbacks by Frontex. Frontex has to become a fully fledged European Border and Coast guard and all allegations must be fully investigated and clarified.
Renew also fully supports the creation of a standing scrutiny group. The expansion of the capacity and activity of Frontex definitely warrants permanent and close parliamentary scrutiny.
MEP Sophie in´ t Veld, Renew Europe’s coordinator in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affair, says:
"This is what Parliaments need to do: hold executive power accountable. In this case we need to ensure that those wearing an EU uniform comply with EU law and respect fundamental rights. Frontex is the largest and best funded EU agency, and with power comes responsibility. This scrutiny is about rebuilding trust and fostering it continuously through transparency."