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Parliamentary questions
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3 March 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Özlem Demirel
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Disembarkation of refugees in third countries/return of refugees to third countries

In February, the EU Border Agency Frontex published its annual report on the implementation of the Regulation on surveillance of the external sea borders. In it, the Director, Fabrice Leggeri, proposes returning to Senegal refugees apprehended in the framework of Joint Operation Hera in the Atlantic. He suggests that the Commission should negotiate a status agreement with the government in Dakar to this end.

1. Does the Commission agree with Leggeri’s assessment that Frontex and/or the Member States involved have the right to return to Turkey or Senegal refugees apprehended during the Poseidon and Hera maritime missions, and have any discussions already been held with the governments about the matter?

2. What proposals is Frontex making for status agreements with African countries, and what position are the governments of the third countries concerned adopting on this subject?

3. In connection with which maritime missions may Frontex/the participating Member States also operate inside the 12-mile limit, the exclusive economic zone and the air space of a third country, and for what other countries is this planned?

Original language of question: DE
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