18 February 2021
The implementation of the 2019 Frontex Regulation has not been as swift as intended - in part due to the impact of the pandemic. However, media reports say that mismanagement and administrative failures have also played a role. The agency has produced a revised timetable for adopting its new roles, which Statewatch is publishing.
See: Frontex and European Commission Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs: Roadmap for the implementation of the European Border and Coast Guard 2.0 (pdf):
"The rapid and full operationalisation of the European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) 2.0 Regulation is a top priority for the EU.
In order to ensure transparency and effective monitoring of the progress as well as the full accountability towards the EU Institutions, the Commission services together with the European Border and Coast Guard Agency have developed this Roadmap covering all the main novelties brought by the new Regulation. The Roadmap also identifies the priorities for implementation among and makes the linkages between all those novelties."
On the long-awaited appointment of Fundamental Rights Monitors, as was supposed to have happened by December 2020, the roadmap says:
"Two selection procedures were published in November 2020 (AD7 level and AST4 level – comparable to the levels of Advanced and Intermediate European Border and Coast Guard Officers). As of mid-December 2020, Frontex received more than 20 and 30 applications respectively). The publications were delayed due to long-term absence of FRO and, having regards to the specific appointment powers and independence of FRO, could have been launched only after the Management Board adopted the necessary set of legal instruments. Consequently, the first new Fundamental Rights Monitors will be able to join Frontex in March/April 2021."
The roadmap covers the following areas.
See: Frontex and European Commission Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs: Roadmap for the implementation of the European Border and Coast Guard 2.0 (pdf)
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