1. The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights congratulates
the rapporteur of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced
Persons, Mr Mikael Cederbratt, on his well-balanced and comprehensive report,
and supports the draft resolution and recommendation.
2. On several occasions, the committee has dealt with relations
between the European Union and the Council of Europe, with particular
reference to human rights issues. However, it has never considered
the issue of the mandate and functioning of Frontex (the European
Agency for the Management of Operational Co-operation at the External
Borders of the Member States of the European Union, hereinafter
“the Agency”). Frontex is a relatively new agency of the European
Union and its operations raise several concerns relating to compliance
with human rights standards. Without prejudice to the question of
whether or not the European Union and Frontex should have responsibilities
for a European Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, it is important
to consider how Frontex in fact exercises its responsibilities from
the point of view of human rights. Mr Cederbratt’s report is therefore
of great utility for Frontex itself, the European Union, its member
States and the member States of the Council of Europe concerned
by the Agency’s activities. Issues raised in the report require
further examination by all the actors concerned.
3. Given the human rights aspects of this report, the committee
wishes to propose some amendments to further strengthen the draft
resolution and the draft recommendation.