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'Roadmap' for implementing new Frontex Regulation: full steam ahead
25.11.19
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A 'roadmap' sets out the actions needed for "rapid and full operationalisation of the European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) 2.0 Regulation," described as a "top priority for the EU."

See: Roadmap for the implementation of the European Border and Coast Guard 2.0 (1 July 2019, pdf)

The roadmap was drafted by the European Commission and Frontex and was adopted in July, after the European Parliament had approved the Regulation but prior to its adoption by the Council earlier this month.

Until now, it has not been made public.

The foreword to the roadmap notes:

"The advanced preparatory process starting before the new Regulation’s entry into force (June to November 2019) is a pre-requisite for its successful and timely implementation, especially to ensure the full readiness of the EBCG standing corps for deployment as of 1 January 2021 and guaranteeing the effective use of the substantial budget earmarked to build the Agency’s own technical capabilities."

It is notable that the list of "relevant stakeholders" for the implementation of the border agency's revamped legal basis does not include the European Parliament - rather, the agency itself, along with the European Commission and the member states, will be primarily responsible for the new developments.

This is despite the new Regulation including provisions for enhanced parliamentary scrutiny of the agency and its activities, set out in Article 108a of the text.

The roadmap is divided into 13 sections, "either by chapter corresponding to key policy priorities or by thematic functions".

See: Roadmap for the implementation of the European Border and Coast Guard 2.0 (1 July 2019, pdf)

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