The EPP Group welcomes that the European Parliament has today granted the discharge for the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) for the year 2019. The annual discharge for the agency had been postponed when reports about the potential involvement of Frontex in illegal pushbacks at the EU's external borders were published. Subsequently, the European Parliament set up the Frontex Scrutiny Working Group to investigate these allegations.
"The European Parliament's investigations found no proof of the agency's involvement in any human rights violations. There was no reason to postpone the discharge further. Frontex fulfils a highly important task and operates under very complex and challenging circumstances. I am glad that the majority of the House came to this conclusion. A discharge should always be based on facts and figures, and mustn’t be denied for purely political reasons", said Tomáš Zdechovský MEP, EPP Group Spokesman for Budgetary Control.
"The protection of our external borders is essential and Frontex is needed more than ever. The agency has seen a rapid growth and works under great pressure with a recently revised mandate. It is no surprise that there is room for improvement in the internal management, as our Scrutiny Working Group has found. We expect Frontex to do its homework on these matters to be as effective as possible in its support for Member States at their external borders", added Jeroen Lenaers MEP, EPP Group Spokesman for Justice and Home Affairs.
The EPP Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 179 Members from all EU Member States