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En justifying his transfer to the RN, the previous boss of the Frontex company, Fabrice Leggeri, quotes, in an interview with JDD, Swedish Commissioner Ylva Johannsson (social democrat). Comments as we speak denied by the Commission spokesperson.

According to Fabrice Leggeri, the Swedish commissioner would have set a brand new directive for the manager director in 2019, shortly after her arrival as commissioner for inside affairs. “Your job is to bring in migrants and welcome them because they come out of love. And whether you like it or not, we are an aging continent and so you have to let them in,” she reportedly advised him.

A dispute over Frontex missions

“The statements made by Fabrice Leggeri on the EU's migration policy are simply false,” retorts the Commission spokesperson. Let me set the file straight. What we now have put in place, by our dedication, revolves round two primary axes. On the legislative aspect, we now have introduced complete laws [le pacte migratoire, NDLR]. We now have a political settlement, which is big within the sense that we acquired this settlement after years of discussions, intense discussions and stalemate. »

READ ALSO Immigration regulation: the true reform is EuropeanThe dispute between Fabrice Leggeri and Commissioner Johansson involved extra exactly the remedy reserved for migrants. For Fabrice Leggeri, the precedence of the mandate of the Frontex company, just like the case regulation of the CJEU, was to implement the exterior borders of the EU and subsequently to battle in opposition to irregular crossings of European borders. The commissioner, for her half, insisted on the opposite mandate of the Frontex company: respect for the basic rights of asylum seekers. She believed that Frontex could have been complicit within the “illegal pushbacks” of the Greek authorities. An investigation by Olaf (European anti-fraud workplace). But the Frontex board of administrators didn’t set up the materiality of the info and didn’t assist Olaf's report.

The two missions, respect for borders and basic rights, are included within the company's mandate. This fragile stability was not the topic of the identical evaluation between Fabrice Leggeri and the commissioner chargeable for inside affairs.

The revealer of the disaster with Belarus

Furthermore, the Commission, actually, in September 2020, introduced a reform of European migration coverage to attempt to resolve the difficulty which has tormented the EU because the Syrian disaster of 2015. The blockages have been as a result of absence of solidarity between the Southern States (Italy, Greece, Spain), confronted with migratory flows, with these of the East who didn’t want to relieve the international locations of first entry.

Things modified somewhat when Belarus used migrants (primarily Iraqis) in opposition to Poland and Latvia. We then noticed the Commission take all measures to dam this try at destabilization, together with by threatening the airways which transported migrants from Iraq to Belarus.

The migration pact lastly unlocked

Finally, the “migration pact” was launched in December 2023 by a political settlement between the European Parliament and the Council. The normal thought is to hurry up border procedures in order that inside three months (together with appeals), these whose proper to asylum is rejected are returned to their nation of origin. It will take two extra years to realize the implementation of this migration pact, which includes the development of detention facilities in essentially the most uncovered international locations. Only one nation as we speak is protesting in opposition to the outlines of this reform, particularly Hungary.

READ ALSO “Migration flows must not be managed, they must be stopped” “We have strengthened our cooperation and our contacts with third countries, with countries of origin as well as with countries of transit,” continues the Commission. We have strengthened and supported all our member states by using monetary means. We have strengthened assist on the borders. We present monetary, technical and operational assist. And we confirmed what we have been able to to defend that. We have proven this within the face of hybrid threats coming from Belarus, but in addition from Russia. We have additionally proven that we’re able to reacting in an operational and related method in a short time with pilot initiatives with Romania and Bulgaria. And all through the structure that we're at present setting up to handle the migration. So, to summarize, the statements [de Fabrice Leggeri, NDLR] are false. »