The European agency believes that border and coast guards “do not always” support member states in managing external borders.
The European Commission’s draft of the “Global Agreement” for immigration proposed in 2020 and an important piece of its recent Schengen area reform plan. Is the Frontex organization currently capable of carrying out its tasks? Control the external borders of the EU and combat illegal immigration and crime? The answer is no. This time, it does not come from NGOs or the media, but from one of the most important institutions in the European Union, the European Court of Auditors.
The agency is located in Luxembourg and is responsible for overseeing the organization of the European Union Fund and issuing recommendations to improve its operations. The report was released on Monday, June 7. It is dedicated to border and coast guard activities and will not go unnoticed.The court held that, in fact, Frontex did not support “Not always” In terms of managing external borders, member states “Particularly worrying”, Whereas this Warsaw-based institution will see its means, budget, and tasks increase significantly in the next few years.
The report pointed out that as for the fight against cross-border crime, another key mission of Frontex, it occupies too limited a place in its activities. In this regard, there is a lack of data on its performance and agency costs. Therefore, the decision makers did not get the appropriate information. The Court of Auditors pointed out that it had not conducted an impact assessment before deciding to make the agency the first armed agency of the alliance. The last external review of its operations dates back to 2015.
In 2016 and 2019, its skills gradually broadened, from the role of supporting and coordinating member states to a real operational role. To this end, the organization led by Frenchman Fabrice Leggeri will have a team of 10,000 agents by 2027 with an annual budget of approximately 900 million euros.
However, today, its actions are “Insufficient efficiency”Please note the auditor of the court: Frontex did not fully perform its 2016 and 2019 tasks. “Several risks”Especially because the agency has not adjusted its organizational structure and has accumulated too many gaps in the use of human resources, risk analysis or communication between its different departments.