Statewatch article: RefNo# 32359
EU: Meijers Committee: Note on the Proposal for a Regulation establishing rules for the surveillance of external sea borders in the context of operational cooperation coordinated by Frontex
Statewatch News Online, May 2013
The Meijers Committee is of the opinion that the proposal fails to deal with several issues satisfactorily and recommends:

- in case of disembarkation in a third country, guarantees must be included pertaining to the presence of legal advisors and interpreters and the availability of a remedy before an independent authority with suspensive effect;

- interception measures should be brought in conformity with the provisions on entry conditions and refusals of entry in the Schengen Borders Code;

- the relationship with the recast of the Asylum Procedures Directive should be clarified;

- to align the interception competences in respect of vessels found in the contiguous zone which have not previously entered the territorial sea with those that apply to vessels found in the high seas;

- to include the provisions of the proposal on search and rescue, interception competences and fundamental rights in Annex VI of the Borders Code, so that they will apply to all maritime controls.

See: Meijers Committee note (pdf)

See also: European Commission proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing rules for the surveillance of the external sea borders in the context of operational cooperation coordinated by the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Members States of the European Union (COM 2013 197, pdf)

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