Dutch lawyers take Frontex to EU court over pushbacks

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Πέμπτη, 21 October 2021
Dutch lawyers take Frontex to EU court over pushbacks

By: Nikolaj Nielsen | euobserver.com| 21 October 2021|

Dutch lawyers take Frontex to EU court over pushbacks

The EU's border agency Frontex is being taken to the European Court of Justice by Dutch lawyers seeking damages for a Syrian family pushed back from Greece in 2016.

"What we are putting forward is respect for the rule of law, and that is not a leftwing or rightwing issue as far as we are concerned," Dutch lawyer Flip Schüller said on Wednesday (20 October) during an online discussion.

Schüller, along with counterpart Lisa-Marie Komp, are challenging the Warsaw-based agency in a case first launched almost four years ago.

A Syrian/Kurdish family with children aged 2, 5 and 7 had arrived on the Greek islands in October 2016. 

They demanded asylum. The lawyers say the family had been told they would be flown to Athens because of their vulnerable status.

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