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Independent monitoring at the EU external borders and rights violations

Tineke Strik, Member of the European Parliament, hosted an online panel discussion on 21 April on the fundamental rights monitoring of the EU external border controls.

FRA spoke about the methods and requirements of independent border monitoring, also pointing out the differences from complaint mechanisms. The discussion also looked at the accountability of border management authorities, including the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex).

Speakers included representatives of the Office of the EU Ombudsman, the European Commission, ENNHRI, NGOs as well as FRA. Discussions focused on the role of Frontex and human rights monitoring bodies.

The webinar was attended by some 300 participants. The full livestream is also available.