NGO Joint Letter: Independent border monitoring mechanism

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Ylva Johansson, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs

Didier Reynders, EU Commissioner for Justice

Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the Fundamental Rights Agency

Tanja Fajon, Chair of the EP Working Group on Schengen Scrutiny

Dear Commissioner Johansson,

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 advancing the discussion on the key principles with which any mechanism should comply. We are also concerned that any agreement on a national mechanism in Croatia which does not meet the necessary standards would undermine the intention behind the Commission’s proposal and set a bad precedent.