Melanie Fink appeared before the European Parliament’s Working Group on Frontex Scrutiny
On Thursday 29 April 2021, Melanie Fink appeared before the European Parliament’s Working Group on Frontex Scrutiny.
This working group was set up by the Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) in response to allegations of serious fundamental rights violations taking place in the context of border control operations coordinated by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex).
The working group is headed by Roberta Metsola (EPP, Malta), while Tineke Strik (Greens/EFA, The Netherlands) will draft the report outlining its recommendations.
In her intervention Melanie Fink discussed the legal obligations of the EU agency Frontex to effectively monitor human rights compliance during joint operations and take action when its monitoring reveals that this is needed for the protection of human rights.
On Thursday 22 April, the Standing Committee of Experts in International Immigration, Refugee and Criminal Law (Meijers Committee) published a note on the alleged pushbacks and Frontex responsibility under EU and international human rights law. Melanie Fink and Europa Institute member Jorrit Rijpma are part of the Meijers Committee and contributed to this note.
The recording of the hearing is available here.