The Frontex Management Board has adopted an updated Fundamental Rights Strategy that governs the way the agency applies fundamental rights standards and principles in all its activities. The document, which replaces a 2011 version, is the result of thorough consultations between all in-house units and partners, started shortly after the EBCG Regulation 2019/1896 came into force.
The Fundamental Rights Strategy describes the impact fundamental rights have on Frontex activities related to integrated border management. It contains the requirements to comply with the agency’s international and European obligations, while explaining what it means to respect, protect and promote fundamental rights of those who cross the EU borders.
The practical guidance of fundamental rights in the context of the agency’s activities further relates to analysis-based planning, joint operations and return, cooperation with the Member States, as well as officers and authorities of non-EU countries. The Fundamental Rights Strategy also covers the responsibilities of participants in Frontex operational activities and the fundamental rights in education and training, research and innovation.
The Fundamental Rights Strategy will be elaborated into an Action Plan. This will include practical fundamental rights safeguards that guide the implementation of Frontex operational activities. The Action Plan will align with the Work Programme of the agency, to comply with its mission and operational goals within the framework of European Integrated Border Management.