Security Architectures in the EU

Tag: Fabrice Leggeri

  • New control system: Frontex ends pilot project on facial recognition at EU borders

    New control system: Frontex ends pilot project on facial recognition at EU borders

    Until now, only asylum seekers and visa applicants had to hand over their biometric data before entering the EU. With an Entry/Exit System, this will be extended to all other travellers from third countries. Border controls will be significantly delayed from 2022. Entry apps and automatic “eGates” should save this time again. The EU border […]

  • Frontex pays another €84 million for aerial surveillance

    Frontex pays another €84 million for aerial surveillance

    The border agency spends one-sixth of its budget on flights at the EU’s external borders. With the service, the Frontex director makes himself independent of the governments of the member states. A contract for helicopter operations does not materialise for the time being. In the meantime, however, Libya has ordered helicopters from Airbus. Frontex has […]

  • Frontex and the use of force

    Frontex and the use of force

    With the “Standing Corps”, the EU has an armed police force for the first time. The use of guns and other means of coercion is to be monitored by a “Committee on the Use of Force”, whose members are selected by the Frontex director. This reinforces the control deficit at the biggest EU agency. Until […]

  • EU law: No one can stop Frontex

    EU law: No one can stop Frontex

    For the first time, the EU border agency commands and arms its own police force. Because its director is “fully independent”, this reinforces a glaring control deficit. Frontex is an agency which was established by the Council of the European Union in 2004 with Regulation 2007/2004 without a parliamentary decision. It was only subsequently given […]