EU: Draft Council Conclusions on European Court of Auditors report on Frontex

The Council is preparing a short set of conclusions on a recent European Court of Auditors report looking at Frontex's support to external border management, which concluded that it was "not sufficiently effective".


See: NOTE from: Presidency to: Delegations: Draft Council Conclusions on the European Court of Auditors' Special Report No 08/2021 entitled "Frontex's support to external border management: not sufficiently effective to date" (Council doc. 11510/21, LIMITE, 2 September 2021, pdf)

"Delegations will find attached draft Council conclusions on the European Court of Auditors' Special Report No 08/2021 entitled "Frontex's support to external border management: not sufficiently effective to date", to be discussed at the informal videoconference of the members of the Working Party on Frontiers on 9 September 2021."

The key point of the Conclusions is the following, in which the Council "recognises in particular the importance of:

  • "improving the information exchange framework and the European situational picture;
  • updating and implementing the common integrated risk analysis model and secure access to other sources of information;
  • developing the potential of the vulnerability assessment;
  • improving Frontex’s operational response; and
  • addressing the challenges posed by Frontex’s new mandate;"

And the Court of Auditors' report (pdf):

"In this audit, we assessed whether Frontex carried out four out of its six primary activities effectively to contribute to implementing European integrated border management, and thus supporting Member States to prevent, detect and respond to illegal immigration and cross-border crime. We also examined the preparedness of Frontex to fulfil its new and expanded 2019 mandate.

We concluded that Frontex’s support for Member States/Schengen associated countries in fighting against illegal immigration and cross-border crime is not sufficiently effective. We found that Frontex has not fully implemented its 2016 mandate and we highlighted several risks related to Frontex’s 2019 mandate.

ECA special report pursuant to Article 287(4), second subparagraph, TFEU."

See also the ECA's press release: Frontex’s support for EU’s external borders management not sufficiently effective (7 June 2021, pdf)

 

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