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EU.- The investigation commission on Frontex wants the director of the agency to be the first to appear

BRUSSELS, 23 (EUROPA PRESS)

The new commission of inquiry created in the European Parliament to clarify whether the European border control agency, Frontex, participated or allowed hot returns of asylum seekers at the gates of the European Union will ask the director of the agency, Fabrice Leggeri, and to the Commissioner for the Interior, Ylva Johansson, to testify in their first session, ideally next week.

This has been agreed by the MEPs of this new commission in what has been its first formal meeting to constitute the group, set priorities and prepare the four-month work program that will be in place until the investigation is concluded with a report of conclusions .

In this way, they will examine the management of Frontex, in the spotlight for months due to accusations of human rights violations by agency agents, which is already being investigated by the EU Ombudsman, and for a second investigation launched most recently by the EU Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).

The commission of inquiry was set up just a month ago by the Commission for Justice, Civil Liberties and the Interior of the European Parliament and has the participation of 14 MEPs from all political groups, including three Spaniards: Javier Moreno (PSOE), Sira Rego (IU) and Jorge Buxadé (Vox).

The MEPs want Leggeri and Johansson to be the first to appear before the commission that will collect information for several months, although the request must still be compared with the agendas of both officials before confirming whether it can indeed be this way and if it is possible next week , as indicated by parliamentary sources.

Both the Frontex director and Johansson have already had to give explanations to the European Parliament for doubts about the agency’s collusion with illegal practices in migration control, for example, in the Aegean Sea, although Leggeri has flatly rejected the accusations.

In fact, last January the services of Commissioner Johansson wrote to Frontex criticizing the “misleading” version of her management offered by Leggeri to MEPs and asked for explanations for the delays and blockages in the implementation of the internal mechanism for the control of human rights.

The inquiry committee also hopes that during its sessions, two scheduled each month until its conclusions, other protagonists of the control over the management of the agency will appear, for example representatives of OLAF and the European Ombudsman.