FIGAROVOX / MAINTENANCE – Frontex Managing Director Fabrice Leggeri tendered his resignation on Friday, April 29th. For the director general of the Thomas More Institute, Jean-Thomas Lesur, the European Agency is at the center of an ideological battle that has prevented the French from doing his job.
Jean Thomas Lesser is the Managing Director of the Thomas More Institute.
Le Figaro. At the head of Frontex since 2015 and reappointed in 2019, Frenchman Fabrice Leggerie left his position as CEO on Friday. What does this resignation mean to you?
Jean Thomas Lessor. – This resignation is the conclusion of a silent battle taking place behind the scenes of the European institutions in the mission of Frontex and in general over the meaning to be given to European immigration policy. On the other hand, Fabrice Leggeri and the Frontex administration have consistently stated that the agency’s mission was to guard the common border. On the other hand, Ylva Johansson, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, who oversees Frontex, aligns with NGOs, who want to somehow turn Frontex into an agency that monitors member states’ respect for the fundamental rights of migrants upon arrival. Concretely, Fabrice Leggeri’s work has been hampered for several months by the initiatives of the “Fundamental Rights Officer” located within the agency to ensure these rights…
Far from the personal fate of Fabrice Leggeri, the crux of the issue is ideological and political, and it must be understood …
Jean Thomas Lessor
Fabrice Leggeri has been under fire for two years due to criticism from the European Parliament, the Commission, some NGOs and the media, but also from some member states, notably Switzerland, where a May 15 vote on the country is being organized. Participation in increasing the means granted to the Agency. Under investigation, investigations point to illegal push-backs in the Aegean, contrary to Union law and international law. Are these criticisms justified?
The facts have largely refuted this accusation. Investigations by various European bodies, such as the European Parliament, the European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF) (the European Anti-fraud Office, whose competence one wonders in this area, etc.) or others, have concluded that there was no such refusal, Or downplay the importance of Frontex’s participation. . These are non-governmental organizations no limits and media (mainly German, such as Der Spiegel again recently) who are leading the accusation – Turkey complimented it with malicious testimonies or satellite images … Far from the personal fate of Fabrice Legere, the crux of the issue is ideological and political, which must be understood …
After the European elections, the new parliament, with green connotations, reduced the agency’s allocations to 1 billion per year (compared to the 1.8 billion initially planned).
Yes, this is another front of the battle. One would think (or hope) that after the wave of immigration in 2015-2016, European leaders would finally take the issue of immigration seriously and understand what to do with declining European societies, questioning their model and already welcoming huge numbers. Migration for five decades. This is not what happened.
In any case, if we can consider that the previous European Commission (chaired by Jean-Claude Juncker between 2014 and 2019) has some inclination, this is not at all the case with the current Commission, headed by Ursula von der Leyen. Within it, there are humanitarian (those of NGOs playing a perverse role on Earth) and technocratic (the view of NGOs playing a perverse role on Earth). immigration Department international organizations) that dominate everything. Let’s add that Elva Johansson takes a “borderless” personal look at immigration and feels free to emphasize it “The phenomenon of migration has been and always will be a part of our societies.” And “Migration is part of what makes our continent prosperous.”. According to her, migration is an inevitable phenomenon that we must adapt to and is beneficial to European economies. This vision is the basis for the vision of multiculturalism recently advocated by the European Commission in an opinion campaign.
Do you think there is a desire to curb Frontex?
To kill her, maybe not. But to modify its mission, sure. By reducing her means, giving her fewer men, and asking that her primary goal be respect for the “fundamental rights” of immigrants, this is indeed the case. I immediately added that you do not need to be a Eurolath, or even a Europhile, to worry about the consequences of this attack against Frontex (we ourselves have often criticized European immigration policy in these columns, for example the “European Charter on Immigration and Asylum” in September 2020). Realism requires it. Because it is all the efforts made since the migration crisis in 2015, however limited and fragmented, that may be in danger of unraveling.
The problem of migration is not a variable in economic and social policy. It is an existential question, as I said, in that it affects the identity and future of peoples and cultures.
Jean Thomas Lessor
Is Frontex at the center of an ideological battle?
Yes, quite clearly. The view of Ylva Johansson and the entire European Commission in a way that expands the vision of the United Nations in her famous report “Alternative migration: a solution to population decline and aging?”, which dates back to 2000. This report, which caused a lot of ink to flow, was steeped in the “happy globalization” dogma that prevailed at the time. The problem is that, twenty years later, the results are bleak to say the least. The orthodoxy, which saw the human being as an economic agent interchangeable and mobile according to the needs of globalization, does not stand up to the spectacle of the rupture of our societies, the rise of communism and racism, and the astonishing phenomena of ethnic violence that we see in Europe.This is because the problem of migration is not a variable in economic and social policy.It is an existential question, Like I said, in that it affects the identity and future of peoples and cultures, that’s what Elva Johansson and the European Commission don’t want to see.
After this departure, should we expect a president with a vision of “without borders” at the head of Frontex?
This is the scenario that the committee undoubtedly wants. But we can hope that it does not come easily to her because many Eastern European countries have a reading that is radically opposed to theirs. Last January, sixteen countries met in Vilnius to discuss protecting the EU’s borders (including walls). This meeting, which followed the immigration blackmail imposed by Belarus on Lithuania, Poland and other countries, was a continuation of a letter signed by a dozen countries in October 2021 asking the commission to abandon its angels in immigration matters. For these countries, guarded borders are set and an immigrant who enters their territory illegally must be returned. It might be obnoxious in Elva Johansson’s world but it’s normal in the real world! With regard to immigration, as in others (about multiculturalism or the Russian menace), political instinct rises in the East …
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