30 March 2021
Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the Fundamental Rights Agency Ms Tanja Fajon, Chair of the EP Working Group on Schengen Scrutiny As civil society organisations closely following the negotiations of the Pact on Migration and Asylum, including the proposed independent border monitoring mechanism and related national developments, including in Croatia, we would like to express our interest in advanci. [...] We appreciate the European Commission’s attempt to address ongoing violations at the EU’s border through the mechanism proposed in the Screening Regulation and its efforts to improve recently submitted proposals for monitoring at the national level. [...] We have observed with concern the ongoing discussions with the Croatian authorities on the long-overdue establishment of the national independent monitoring mechanism– a requirement of EU funding that Croatia received in 2018. [...] We strongly believe that, in the course of these discussions, the EU institutions must provide the necessary clarity as to the specific standards that need to be met to ensure that such a monitoring mechanism is independent, meaningful and effective. [...] A monitoring mechanism must be independent in law and practice; equipped with the necessary means to ensure that violations of rights at and in proximity to EU borders are recorded; that those responsible are held to account; and that justice for the individuals affected is guaranteed.