First meeting of the Frontex Scrutiny Group with Leggeri and Johansson 

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The EP Frontex Scrutiny Working Group (FSWG) will meet on Thursday with the agency’s Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri and Commissioner Ylva Johansson.

The fourteen-member working group has been set up to assess the functioning of the European border agency, following media reports that it was allegedly involved in pushbacks of asylum-seekers in Aegean waters. Suspicions of mismanagement led to several inquiries, both internally and by different EU bodies, such as OLAF (the EU’s anti-fraud office) and the Ombudsman’s office.

Chaired by Roberta Metsola (EPP, MT), the FSWG will carry out a fact-finding investigation in its first four months, gathering all relevant information and evidence regarding alleged violations of fundamental rights involving Frontex.

When: Thursday, 4 March, from 12.15 to 13.30

Where: European Parliament in Brussels, Spinelli building, room 3 E2, and via remote connection.

You can follow the discussion live.

Press briefing with Chair and rapporteur of the Frontex Scrutiny Working Group

EP Vice-President Roberta Metsola and Tineke Strik (Greens/EFA,NL), who will draft the report with the group’s recommendations, will share their impressions of their first meeting with Leggeri and Johansson and detail the Frontex Scrutiny Working Group’s objectives in a press briefing online on Friday 5 March at 12.30.

Journalists wishing to attend the press briefing should send their request to one of the following electronic addresses: