First Annual Report of the Frontex Consultative Forum on Fundamental Rights published

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The first annual report of the Frontex Consultative Forum on Fundamental Rights provides an overview of the activities undertaken by the Consultative Forum in 2013 in a number of areas jointly agreed with Frontex, its Management Board and the Frontex Fundamental Rights Officer. These include strategic planning, joint operations, risk analysis and training. The report also contains recommendations made to Frontex and its Management Board.
In its findings, the Consultative Forum has observed notable progress in ensuring adequate respect of fundamental rights guarantees in various activities of the agency, specifically in joint return operations, risk analysis and training. The report also stresses the need for the agency to intensify its efforts to set up an effective system for monitoring fundamental rights compliance as well as increase focus on protection of fundamental rights in all the agency's activities.
The Consultative Forum serves as a knowledge and expertise resource body which advises Frontex Management Board and the Executive Director on all fundamental rights matters, offering strategic advice on how Frontex can improve their respect in its activities. The Forum is consulted on the further development and implementation of the Frontex fundamental rights strategy, codes of conduct and Common Core Curricula. Since its establishment, it has been chaired by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).

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