Statewatch article: RefNo# 36188
EU: FRONTEX: Report on implementing the 2014 rules on surveillance of external sea borders
Statewatch News Online, March 2016
"The report comprises three parts.

The first, describing the amendments introduced to the governing procedural documents related to the Joint Operations, the Operational Plans.

The second part, a description of the procedures set forth by Frontex to implement the Regulation during sea operations and information on its application, including detailed information on compliance with Fundamental Rights, and any incidents which may have taken place.

In this second part, the report analyses the implementation of the Regulation by joint operations starting with the issue of disembarkation in third countries, followed by the procedures put in place to address the special needs of certain categories of persons and of persons in need of international protection. The report then assesses communication and cooperation channels.

The third part contains the assessment of the implementation of the Regulation during the first year and evaluates the need for further developing the measures adopted so far."

Operations covered by the report: EPN (European Patrols Network) Hermes 2014, EPN Triton 2014 (the successor to the Italian navy's Mare Nostrum operation), Poseidon Sea 2014, JO (Joint Operation) EPN Indalo 2014, JO EPN Hera 2014.

See: Annual Report on the implementation of EU Regulation 656/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 establishing rules for the surveillance of the external sea borders (pdf).
See also: the text of the Regulation (pdf); and an analysis of the new rules at the time they were agreed: Steve Peers, New EU rules on maritime surveillance: will they stop the deaths and push-backs in the Mediterranean?, February 2014 (pdf)

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