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The Lack of Transparency Surrounding EUROPOL and the Hotspots

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The 2015 European Agenda on Migration envisaged a significant role for FRONTEX, EASO, and EUROPOL, the function to operationally implement the Agenda and closely cooperate in the management of the hotspots established in Italy and Greece. Due to the extraordinary migratory pressure at the external borders of these frontline Member States, FRONTEX, EASO, and EUROPOL were called to […]

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La operación naval EUNAVFOR MED SOPHIA: El creciente vínculo entre la dimensión interna y externa de la seguridad en la UE

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Esta entrada resume el capítulo publicado por la Fundación Alternativas el 1 de abril de 2019   La “crisis de los refugiados” ha expuesto las divergencias existentes entre los Estados miembros en la aplicación efectiva y uniforme de las leyes y políticas de la UE adoptadas en materia de migración, asilo y gestión de fronteras. Entre […]

Frontex, Easo and Europol: From a Secondary to a Pivotal Operational Role in the Aftermath of the “Refugee Crisis”

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This post first appeared at the Open Migration Project   The so-called “refugee crisis” prompted the urge to ensure the functioning of the Schengen area and the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), the need to operationally assist those Member States most affected by the sudden and extraordinary arrival of mixed migratory flows, and the convenience […]

Mi Propuesta: “Un mecanismo de quejas efectivo para Frontex y Easo”

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La creación de una Guardia Europea de Fronteras y Costas (GEFC) y la propuesta de transformar la Oficina Europea de Apoyo al Asilo (Easo) en una Agencia Europea de Asilo (AEA) en 2016 responde a la necesidad de garantizar la implementación de las medidas adoptadas por la Unión Europea (UE) en el Espacio de Libertad […]

From EASO to the European Agency for Asylum: “Business as Usual?”

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This post first appeared at the EU Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy Blog    Introduction From May to July 2016, the Commission put forward a wide-ranging European Asylum package, which included the establishment of a European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA). The Council and the European Parliament reached a partial agreement on 28 June 2017 […]

An Enforcement Role for EUROPOL in the Aftermath of the “Refugee Crisis”?

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This post first appeared at the EU Law Enforcement Blog   The “refugee crisis” has led to the establishment of the European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) (the successor of Frontex) in 2016 and the transformation(still under negotiation) of the European Asylum Support Office (Easo) into a European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA). The expansion of the […]

Alcide de Gasperi: trazando el horizonte de Europa

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Esta reseña aparece publicada en la Revista Actualidad Jurídica Aranzadi y se enmarca dentro del Programa Leyendo en Clave Jurídica 2017-2018 de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Deusto.   Europa vive tiempos convulsos. La crisis del euro, los refugiados, el terrorismo, el Brexit, la extrema derecha, el populismo, el euroescepticismo o el fracaso de […]

The European Border and Coast Guard: Towards the Centralization of the External Border Management

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This post first appeared at The Academic Research Network on Agencification of EU Executive Governance (TARN)   As a result of the migratory crisis, the transformation of Frontex into a European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) became a political priority for both the EU and the Member States (MS). Regulation 2016/1624 aims to strengthen the position and independence of […]

Detention of Irregular Migrants in Spain

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The detention of irregular migrants in specialized centers to ensure their removal is a contentious precautionary measure. Although the Return Directive does not constitute the ultimate solution to this controversial issue, nor has the CJEU been very concrete and clear in the matter, both have had an important impact on the Spanish detention legislation (Organic […]

The Introduction of an Individual Complaint Mechanism within Frontex: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

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The mandate and budget of Frontex has consistently been enhanced since its inception in 2004. Since the Agency’s role under EU law has expanded, the capacity of Frontex to deal with possible violations of fundamental rights should be strengthened as well. In this regard, the European Ombudsman and the Parliament recommended that Frontex introduced an individual complaint mechanism to handle violations of fundamental […]

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