Under surveillance: Monitoring at the border

Webinar - 21 April - 16.00h-17.45h

Who is controlling the border control?

📺 Rewatch the live stream on YouTube.

Tineke Strik, Member of the European Parliament for the Greens/EFA and Apostolis Fotiadis hosted an online panel discussion on the human rights monitoring of the EU external border controls.

During this webinar, Apostolis Fotiadis presented the findings of his research titled: "Persistent and novel challenges for FRONTEX's monitoring system". The discussions will focus on both the role of FRONTEX and human rights monitoring bodies. To what extent is the current system functional and does it effectively monitor human rights violations? And what could the future of an effective EU border monitoring system look like, would an independent body be a solution to overcome current problems?

The webinar includes the following panels:

FRONTEX: accountable and transparent?

  • Fergal Ó Regan (EU Ombudswoman, Head of Unit - Inquiries)
  • Apostolis Fotiadis (Researcher)
  • Catherine Woollard (ECRE, Director)
  • Due to unexpected circumstances, Sergio Carrera unfortunately has cancelled his participation in the Webinar. However, we are glad to announce that Anneliese Baldaccini, Senior Excecutive Officer Asylum and Migration at Amnesty International will participate instead.

Independent monitoring at the border: necessary and feasible?

  • Markus Jaeger (Nafplion Group, Secretary)
  • Debbie Kohner (ENNHRI, Secretary-General)
  • Tamás Molnár (Fundamental Rights Agency, Programme Officer)
  • Matthias Oel (European Commission, Director for Borders, Interoperability and Innovation)