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Globally brutal

 FREIeBÜRGER (Germany) 21 May 2019

(Originally published: 12/2009) Do you know Frontex? Do you know which mission the organisation follows? No? Then you are in the same position I was about a month ago when a report on TV stirred my interest in this European organisation. Pictures where shown, which document how European security forces send back thirsty and haggled people to their home countries – tacitly accepting their death.  - By Staff writer

FREIeBÜRGER (Germany) - Frontex is a European organization that is supposed to strengthen the co-operation between the EU member states in securing the external borders of the community. Principally its main tasks are to support the member states in securing their borders and helping them with the deportation of illegal immigrants/ foreigners without permission to stay.

 

Frontex became known to the public in 2006 due to the projects called Hera and Nautilus. The organization presented itself as paramilitary troops that show solidarity with EU member states and opposes itself to the flood of refugees with the help of war ships, helicopters and airplanes.

 

However, this picture prevalent in the public is not the only thing defining Frontex. In 2006, the organisation participated in four joint deportation operations and has developed common standards for deportation flights. Another example is that Frontex proposed an organisation- and communication infrastructure for observing the coastal borders of southern Europe, which was then implemented. Last but not least, Frontex trains border police. For this purpose, the organization developed a "Common Core Curriculum" which is supposed to lead to European-wide standards for border control. All in all, Frontex wants to offer complete solution for border control. The organization hopes to prevent illegal immigration via the Mediterranean or the Atlantic altogether in the future.

 

Every year, several thousand people try to enter the EU via the Mediterranean Sea. They leave their poor homelands, which are often troubled by conflicts and hope for a better future in Europe. The EU member states react with more restrictive measures, like walls, fences and extremely strict legislation on entry and asylum, which is supposed to prevent immigrants from entering the EU.

 

Bernd Mesovic of the German Foundation "Pro Asylum" criticised the lack of transparency of this EU agency: Frontex does not have to inform the national governments about its actions. The influence and control by the European Parliament is also quite limited. It is horrifying that an agency has been developed within the EU and with the EU's approval, which works on the interface of intelligence agencies and border police without being sufficiently controlled. As long as Frontex can act independently, the floodgates are opened to abuse and infringement of human rights.

 

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