Consultative Forum

The Frontex Management Board established the Frontex Consultative Forum on Fundamental Rights in September 2012. The forum serves as an independent body which advises the agency’s Management Board as well as its Executive Director in all fundamental rights matters. It offers strategic advice on how Frontex can structurally improve respect for fundamental rights in its various activities. According to Article 70 of the European Border and Coast Guard Regulation, the Consultative Forum must be consulted on the development and implementation of the Fundamental Rights Strategy, on the establishment of the complaints mechanism, on codes of conduct and on common core curricula.. 

The Consultative Forum shall have effective access to all information related to the respect of fundamental rights in agency activities. To that end, it can also carry out site visits to hotspots, return operations, and return interventions as well as joint operations and rapid border interventions, subject to the agreement of the host Member State. 

In September 2015, the Frontex Management Board decided on the new composition of the Frontex Consultative Forum after the previous term of mandate came to an end. 

The forum is comprised of 15 members. The European Asylum Support Office (EASO), the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are explicitly mentioned in the Frontex Regulation and considered permanent members. 

The Council of Europe (CoE), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe - Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE ODIHR) have renewed their membership by an exchange of letters between Frontex and the executive management of the three organisations following an invitation from the Frontex Management Board. 

In addition, nine civil society organisations have been selected on the basis of a public and open call for expression of interest to become members. These are: the Advice on Individual Rights in Europe Centre (AIRE Centre), Amnesty International European Institutions Office (AI EIO), European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Jesuit Refugee Service Europe (JRS), Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), and the Red Cross EU Office and Save the Children.

The mandate of the current members will expire on 30 June 2019.

The forum is headed by two chairs elected by its members for a two-year term. The work of the Consultative Forum is undertaken in a spirit of transparency, mutual respect, informed participation and collegiality. It meets at least three times a year. These meetings serve as a platform to exchange views and recommendations with Frontex Executive Director and Management Board as well as to commonly identify areas in which the support of the Consultative Forum is most needed. Consultative Forum’s Program of Work for the following year is discussed with the Frontex Executive Director and Chair of the Management Board during the last forum meeting of the year. The forum publishes an Annual Report, which covers the main activities undertaken during the year and includes observations and recommendations made to Frontex and its Management Board.

Core areas of activities:

- Support Frontex Executive Director and Frontex Management Board with fundamental rights related matters;
- Provide strategic advice to Frontex operational activities;
- Visit Frontex Operations and participation in Joint Operation VEGA Children;
- Observation of trainings and support to development of training materials;
- Frontex cooperation with third countries.

For further information, please contact the Secretariat of the Frontex Consultative Forum (Consultative.Forum@frontex.europa.eu) and consult the Consultative Forum annual reports.


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