News Item

Frontex Consultative Forum on Fundamental Rights issues annual report

The Frontex Consultative Forum on Fundamental Rights published its annual report for 2020. FRA co-chairs the Forum together with UN Refugee Agency since 2020.

The report outlines the main observations and recommendations that the Forum raised throughout the year with Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, and its Management Board to strengthen fundamental rights protection in Frontex activities and increase accountability and transparency.

The report further outlines the state of play of internal and external fundamental rights safeguards at Frontex, including the Fundamental Rights Officer, monitors, reporting procedures and the complaints mechanism.

It also provides recommendations about the need to further strengthen fundamental rights in Frontex activities, such as aerial surveillance, engagement with non-EU countries and return operations.

The Forum also issued recommendations about mainstreaming fundamental rights in the Frontex’s training products and tools.

The Forum will continue advising Frontex on fundamental rights and encourage it to adopt a rights-compliant approach in all its activities.