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Project News: FReM III Organises a Workshop on Reporting

16 September 2019

On 12-13 September 2019 ICMPD organised a Workshop on Reporting to discuss the future reporting process and reporting tools for the pool of forced-return monitors (Pool) established through Article 29 of the European Border and Coast Guard Regulation 2016/1624 (EBCG). This activity took place in the framework of the EU funded project Forced-Return Monitoring III (FReM III).

When deployed within the framework of the Pool, monitors report in line with Article 28(6) of the EBCG Regulation. Currently, they use different reporting templates and the reporting process does not yet provide for sufficient efficiency and transparency. Therefore, it was decided to review, streamline and enhance both the reporting process and reporting tools. The main aim is to ensure more efficient and comprehensive reporting and analysis of forced-return operations as well as more efficient and transparent follow-up to monitor recommendations.

The future process should allow for an enhanced quality management and maintenance of standards including regular review and implementation of improvements wherever necessary. It would include reporting standards to be applied by the monitors of the Pool, feedback to the monitors on their reports, follow up to the monitor’s recommendations, overall transparency of monitoring recommendations and sharing/replication of good practices when implementing forced-return operations.

Following the workshop, the FReM III project will support the development of a reporting application and database. Both the application and the database will be developed in close cooperation with the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex). The reporting application will be developed in full compliance with EU’s General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 and will allow monitors to access it electronically anytime with their respective devices and using various operating systems. To facilitate the analysis of monitors’ observations by the Fundamental Rights Office (FRO), the reporting application will be connected to a database. Subsequently, the monitors of the Pool will receive training on the use of the reporting application.

The workshop gathered nineteen participants including representatives from Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland as well as representatives from the FRO and the European Centre for Returns (ECRet) of Frontex, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and ICMPD.

European Border and Coast Guard Regulation 2016/1624 (ECCG)

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Agenda workshop