European Interest

Frontex: statement by Civil Liberties Committee Chair


After the Frontex Management Board met on 28–29 April and Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri resigned, Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES) said:

“The Civil Liberties Committee and the European Parliament have consistently supported extending the mandate of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) at a time when integrated management of the EU’s external borders is increasingly relevant. In return, we have fulfilled our duty to scrutinise how Frontex functions to ensure it complies with EU Law and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Mr Leggeri’s resignation as Frontex Executive Director following OLAF investigations sets a new reference point on accountability that will not only affect Frontex as the largest EU agency, but also all other EU agencies and specialised offices.

The Civil Liberties Committee and the European Parliament will continue to fulfil our duty to scrutinise the appointment of the new Executive Director and the proper functioning of the agency as an expression of our institutional commitment to EU values and legislation.”

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