Frontex Discharge Decision Postponed
At the end of March 2022, the Budget Control Committee of the European Parliament postponed the decision on the 2020 accounts of Frontex. Reasons given were the alleged failure to fulfil the conditions set out in the European Parliament’s previous discharge report (→ news of 12 November 2021) and findings by OLAF on harassment, misconduct and migrant pushbacks involving the Agency. In addition, the Budget Control Committee referred to alleged fundamental rights violations involving the Agency (→ news of 20 September 2021), including the fact that reported violations in Greece have not been addressed and operations in Hungary were continued regardless of the CJEU ruling that refugee return operations in Hungary in 2020 were incompatible with EU law. It is believed that the discharge decision on Frontex will be resumed in autumn 2022.