Boat Interception Data during Operation Triton, 2014-2017

Giacomo Battiston made this Accès à l'information request to Agence européenne pour la gestion de la coopération opérationnelle aux frontières extérieures

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La demande est partiellement réussie.

Dear European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the information reported below.

The information I am interested into has been successfully requested by Pauline Maillet on November 27, 2015. Since there is perfect overlap between her needs and mine, and only the period of the request has changed, I just copy her request in what follows.

I would like to request for JO Triton (2014 and 2015) data from these variables in JORA:

Operation/Year
Detection date
Search and rescue involved
Incidents
Total number of irregular migrants
Death cases
Irregular migrants in SAR cases
Type of detected by
Latitude detection
Longitude detection
Latitude interception
Longitude interception
Detection by Frontex financed/deployed asset
Type of intercepted by
Interception by Frontex financed/deployed asset
Operational area
Transport type
Reference to op.area
Frontex financed/deployed asset during an incident

Yours faithfully,
Giacomo Battiston

PAD, Agence européenne pour la gestion de la coopération opérationnelle aux frontières extérieures

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Dear Mr Battiston,

 

Thank you for your email and your interest in Frontex activities.

 

We would like to inform you that pursuant to Article 2(1) of Regulation
(EC) No 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May
2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and
Commission documents, the right of access to documents is granted to a
citizen of the Union, and any natural or legal person residing or having
its registered office in a Member State.

 

To confirm that you are invested in the right of access to the documents
requested, it is necessary to provide an ID card/passport/residence permit
in the EU/registration in an EU Member State (legal persons). You may
however refuse to provide such document containing personal data; in that
case, your request is not going to be processed.

 

After receiving the above mentioned documents, we will be able to start
processing your request and will get back to you within 15 working days.

 

Please be informed of the following:

-          The person responsible for controlling the personal data (Data
controller) is the Head of Legal Affairs Unit

-          The personal data is collected for the exclusive purpose of
assessing the nationality of the applicant

-          The recipients of the personal data are the 3 Frontex Staff
members (Senior Legal Officer, Junior Lawyer and Legal Assistant) handling
requests for public access for documents

-          The personal data collected (that is, the document sent to the
PAD mailbox) will be deleted as soon as the access for the request
document(s) is granted or refused.  In Frontex, this procedure takes no
longer than 15 or 30 working days depending on the number/size of the
requested documents. During the processing of your data, you have a right
to access your data and rectify them if needed. You have a right to have
recourse to the European Data Protection Supervisor.

 

Thank you very much for your understanding.

 

If you will have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Kind regards,

 

Transparency Office

Corporate Governance

Tel: +48 22 205 9500

 

 

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Dear Mr Battiston,

 

Please find enclosed our response.

 

In case of any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Best regards,

 

Transparency Office

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Il giorno 04 set 2017, alle ore 15:29, PAD <[1][email address]> ha
scritto:

Dear Mr Battiston,

 

Thank you for the provided document.

 

As your request falls under the regime of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of
the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2001 regarding public
access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents, we will
now forward your email to the responsible Unit and get back to you with an
answer within 15 working days.

 

In the meantime, should you have any questions regarding your request or
public access to documents process, do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Kind regards,

 

Transparency Office

Corporate Governance

Tel: +48 22 205 9500

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From: Giacomo Battiston [[3]mailto:[email address]]
Sent: 04 September 2017 15:08
To: Frontex <[4][FRONTEX request email]>
Subject: requested documents - giacomo battiston

 

Dear Sir/Madam,

 

In reference to my request at

[5]https://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/boat...

and the subsequent request for an ID, I attach my Italian Carta
d'identità.

 

I was not able to find the email of the Transparency Office. Please be so
kind to forward my documents to them.

 

Thanks in advance for your help.

 

Best,

Giacomo Battiston

 

From: PAD
Sent: 04 September 2017 14:32
To: [FOI #4612 email]
Cc: PAD <[email address]>
Subject: RE: access to documents request - Boat Interception Data during
Operation Triton, 2014-2017

 

Dear Mr Battiston,

 

Thank you for your email and your interest in Frontex activities.

 

We would like to inform you that pursuant to Article 2(1) of Regulation
(EC) No 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May
2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and
Commission documents, the right of access to documents is granted to a
citizen of the Union, and any natural or legal person residing or having
its registered office in a Member State.

 

To confirm that you are invested in the right of access to the documents
requested, it is necessary to provide an ID card/passport/residence permit
in the EU/registration in an EU Member State (legal persons). You may
however refuse to provide such document containing personal data; in that
case, your request is not going to be processed.

 

After receiving the above mentioned documents, we will be able to start
processing your request and will get back to you within 15 working days.

 

Please be informed of the following:

-          The person responsible for controlling the personal data (Data
controller) is the Head of Legal Affairs Unit

-          The personal data is collected for the exclusive purpose of
assessing the nationality of the applicant

-          The recipients of the personal data are the 3 Frontex Staff
members (Senior Legal Officer, Junior Lawyer and Legal Assistant) handling
requests for public access for documents

-          The personal data collected (that is, the document sent to the
PAD mailbox) will be deleted as soon as the access for the request
document(s) is granted or refused.  In Frontex, this procedure takes no
longer than 15 or 30 working days depending on the number/size of the
requested documents. During the processing of your data, you have a right
to access your data and rectify them if needed. You have a right to have
recourse to the European Data Protection Supervisor.

 

Thank you very much for your understanding.

 

If you will have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Kind regards,

 

Transparency Office

Corporate Governance

Tel: +48 22 205 9500

 

 

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Dear European Border and Coast Guard Agency,

Please pass this on to the person who reviews confirmatory applications.
I am filing the following confirmatory application with regards to my access to documents request 'Boat Interception Data during Operation Triton, 2014-2017'.

I was refused access about detections coordinates and interception coordinates of rescue operations occurred inside the operational area. The answer to my request reads:
“Disclosing these data would hamper the course of the ongoing operations, by depriving them of any strategy and element of surprise during border surveillance, ultimately obstructing their purpose to counter and prevent cross-border crime as well as prevent unauthorized border crossings. Furthermore, there is a real risk that disclosing the information contained therein would be of benefit for the smuggling networks who would change their modus operandi accordingly, thus putting the life of migrants in danger. In this light, the disclosure of such information would undermine the protection of public interest as regards public security in the sense of Article 4(1)(a) of the Regulation.”

I would like to appeal this decision for following reasons. First, most likely this information is known to smugglers' organizations operating in the area, as they can test success of their transit operations. Second, it is unclear, to say the least, that a more clear access to rescue results in higher risk for migrants. It might act as a pull factor, but to the best of my knowledge no sound statistical test of this exists so far. Also, it would increase rescue probability at the same time. We might in fact have that disclosing such information would inform the route journeys that would happen in any case. This would help reduce migrants’ deaths on the Central Mediterranean route. So, the two reasons given just hypothetical in nature.

Finally, and most importantly, Frontex claims to have disclosed this information graphically on a map in FRAN Q1 of 2017 (page 18). There, the caption of Figure 3 reads "Location of interception/rescue of boats that departed from Libya and were bound for Italy". I am confident that such caption was correctly reporting what Frontex was claiming to share. Then, there is no reason to refuse to disseminate it in coordinate form. Please notice that I will be happy to receive the information only for the incidents departing from Libya, coherently with what you disseminated in FRAN Q1 2017.

As a researcher, I hope to employ the data you share to inform European migration policy. In other words, I am sure that European Border and Coast Guard Agency would benefit from sharing its information about the issue. This would help its operations and European border policy to reduce deaths at sea.

A full history of my request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/boat...

In closing, I would like to thank you for the quick answer to my request and for the effort and time you have put into the issue.

Yours faithfully,

Giacomo Battiston

Dear European Border and Coast Guard Agency,

In supplementing my request for review, I would also stress another fact.

The vast majority of incidents in the dataset you shared did not occur in the operational area. Then, coordinates are available for them, and smugglers can know them. In other words, the part of information I have been withheld is not relevant enough to smugglers to represent a threat to public security, as it is only a minor part of data on coordinates.

Thanks for your patience.

Yours sincerely,
Giacomo Battiston

PAD, Agence européenne pour la gestion de la coopération opérationnelle aux frontières extérieures

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Dear Mr Battiston,

 

Thank you for your email.

 

As your request falls under the regime of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of
the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2001, we will begin
to process it and get back to you within 15 working days.

 

In the meantime, should you have any questions regarding your request or
public access to documents process, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Kind regards,

 

Transparency Office

Corporate Governance

Tel: +48 22 205 9500

 

Frontex - European Border and Coast Guard Agency · Plac Europejski 6,
00-844 Warsaw, Poland · Tel: +48 22 205 9500 · Fax: +48 22 205 9501 ·
[1]www.frontex.europa.eu

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Dear European Border and Coast Guard Agency,

 

Please pass this on to the person who reviews confirmatory applications.

I am filing the following confirmatory application with regards to my
access to documents request 'Boat Interception Data during Operation
Triton, 2014-2017'.

 

I was refused access about detections coordinates and interception
coordinates of rescue operations occurred inside the operational area. 
The answer to my request reads:

“Disclosing these data would hamper the course of the ongoing operations,
by depriving them of any strategy and element of surprise during border
surveillance, ultimately obstructing their purpose to counter and prevent
cross-border crime as well as prevent unauthorized border crossings.
Furthermore, there is a real risk that disclosing the information
contained therein would be of benefit for the smuggling networks who would
change their modus operandi accordingly, thus putting the life of migrants
in danger. In this light, the disclosure of such information would
undermine the protection of public interest as regards public security in
the sense of Article 4(1)(a) of the Regulation.”

 

I would like to appeal this decision for following reasons. First, most
likely this information is known to smugglers' organizations operating in
the area, as they can test success of their transit operations. Second, it
is unclear, to say the least, that a more clear access to rescue results
in higher risk for migrants. It might act as a pull factor, but to the
best of my knowledge no sound statistical test of this exists so far.
Also, it would increase rescue probability at the same time. We might in
fact have that disclosing such information would inform the route journeys
that would happen in any case. This would help reduce migrants’ deaths on
the Central Mediterranean route. So, the two reasons given just
hypothetical in nature.

 

Finally, and most importantly, Frontex claims to have disclosed this
information graphically on a map in FRAN Q1 of 2017 (page 18). There, the
caption of Figure 3 reads "Location of interception/rescue of boats that
departed from Libya and were bound for Italy". I am confident that such
caption was correctly reporting what Frontex was claiming to share. Then,
there is no reason to refuse to disseminate it in coordinate form. Please
notice that I will be happy to receive the information only for the
incidents departing from Libya, coherently with what you disseminated in
FRAN Q1 2017.

 

As a researcher, I hope to employ the data you share to inform European
migration policy. In other words, I am sure that European Border and Coast
Guard Agency would benefit from sharing its information about the issue.
This would help its operations and European border policy to reduce deaths
at sea.

 

A full history of my request and all correspondence is available on the
Internet at this address:
[2]https://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/boat...

 

In closing, I would like to thank you for the quick answer to my request
and for the effort and time you have put into the issue.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Giacomo Battiston

 

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Dear Mr Battiston,

 

Please find enclosed Frontex response to the confirmatory application
submitted on 15 September 2017.

 

In case of any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Best regards,

 

Transparency Office

Corporate Governance

Tel: +48 22 205 9500

 

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From: PAD
Sent: 15 September 2017 12:16
To: [FOI #4612 email]
Cc: PAD <[email address]>
Subject: RE: PAD request- Internal review of access to documents request -
Boat Interception Data during Operation Triton, 2014-2017

 

Dear Mr Battiston,

 

Thank you for your email.

 

As your request falls under the regime of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of
the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2001, we will begin
to process it and get back to you within 15 working days.

 

In the meantime, should you have any questions regarding your request or
public access to documents process, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Kind regards,

 

Transparency Office

Corporate Governance

Tel: +48 22 205 9500

 

 

 

Dear European Border and Coast Guard Agency,

 

Please pass this on to the person who reviews confirmatory applications.

I am filing the following confirmatory application with regards to my
access to documents request 'Boat Interception Data during Operation
Triton, 2014-2017'.

 

I was refused access about detections coordinates and interception
coordinates of rescue operations occurred inside the operational area. 
The answer to my request reads:

“Disclosing these data would hamper the course of the ongoing operations,
by depriving them of any strategy and element of surprise during border
surveillance, ultimately obstructing their purpose to counter and prevent
cross-border crime as well as prevent unauthorized border crossings.
Furthermore, there is a real risk that disclosing the information
contained therein would be of benefit for the smuggling networks who would
change their modus operandi accordingly, thus putting the life of migrants
in danger. In this light, the disclosure of such information would
undermine the protection of public interest as regards public security in
the sense of Article 4(1)(a) of the Regulation.”

 

I would like to appeal this decision for following reasons. First, most
likely this information is known to smugglers' organizations operating in
the area, as they can test success of their transit operations. Second, it
is unclear, to say the least, that a more clear access to rescue results
in higher risk for migrants. It might act as a pull factor, but to the
best of my knowledge no sound statistical test of this exists so far.
Also, it would increase rescue probability at the same time. We might in
fact have that disclosing such information would inform the route journeys
that would happen in any case. This would help reduce migrants’ deaths on
the Central Mediterranean route. So, the two reasons given just
hypothetical in nature.

 

Finally, and most importantly, Frontex claims to have disclosed this
information graphically on a map in FRAN Q1 of 2017 (page 18). There, the
caption of Figure 3 reads "Location of interception/rescue of boats that
departed from Libya and were bound for Italy". I am confident that such
caption was correctly reporting what Frontex was claiming to share. Then,
there is no reason to refuse to disseminate it in coordinate form. Please
notice that I will be happy to receive the information only for the
incidents departing from Libya, coherently with what you disseminated in
FRAN Q1 2017.

 

As a researcher, I hope to employ the data you share to inform European
migration policy. In other words, I am sure that European Border and Coast
Guard Agency would benefit from sharing its information about the issue.
This would help its operations and European border policy to reduce deaths
at sea.

 

A full history of my request and all correspondence is available on the
Internet at this address:
[2]https://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/boat...

 

In closing, I would like to thank you for the quick answer to my request
and for the effort and time you have put into the issue.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Giacomo Battiston

 

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Giacomo Battiston

Dear European Border and Coast Guard Agency,

Please pass this on to the person who reviews confirmatory applications.

I am filing the following confirmatory application with regards to my access to documents request 'Boat Interception Data during Operation Triton, 2014-2017'.

I am sorry to bother again; however, I never received an answer to a large part of my inquiry.
You refuse to disclose coordinates for incidents occurred inside the operational area mentioning public security concerns. However, you do provide them graphically, in FRAN Q1 2017, page 18, figure 3.
If Agency’s worry that smugglers may know interception locations was justified, it would not disclose them on map.
As I said, I understand that the coordinates on map are only those for trips departing from Libya.
Then, I ask you to disclose only those ones.

A full history of my request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/boat...

Yours faithfully,

Giacomo Battiston

PAD, Agence européenne pour la gestion de la coopération opérationnelle aux frontières extérieures

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Dear Mr Battiston,

 

According to Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001, you already used your right to
submit a confirmatory application and you received Frontex’s reply on 23
September 2017.

If you have any further questions, please address the Frontex Press
Office.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Transparency Office

Corporate Governance

Tel: +48 22 205 9500

 

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Sent: 04 October 2017 14:54:40 (UTC+01:00) Sarajevo, Skopje, Warsaw,
Zagreb
To: PAD
Subject: FW: Internal review of access to documents request - Boat
Interception Data during Operation Triton, 2014-2017

 

 

 

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Giacomo Battiston

Dear PAD,

I did not receive an answer to a large part of my confirmatory application. That is why I initiated a new one. At this point, I understand that not answering was a choice.

Yours sincerely,

Giacomo Battiston

PAD, Agence européenne pour la gestion de la coopération opérationnelle aux frontières extérieures

Dear Mr Battiston,

Perhaps we have misunderstood as we do not see which part remains answered.
As regards the FRAN report in particular, there are no coordinates on that map on p. 18 and they have not therefore been dislcosed as you say.

You also mentioned coordinates departing from Libya. For clarification purposes, is it the departure points you are after or interception points?

Thank you

Kind regrads,

Transparency Office
Corporate Governance
Tel: +48 22 205 9500

Frontex - European Border and Coast Guard Agency

www.frontex.europa.eu
Plac Europejski 6, 00-844 Warsaw, Poland · Tel: +48 22 205 9500 · Fax: +48 22 205 9501
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Giacomo Battiston

Dear PAD,

Thank you very much for your quick answer.

The coordinates I am after are detection and interception ones, consistent with the dataset above.

Namely, I am asking to fill in the blanks left in the aforementioned dataset.

The unanswered part of my application was my comment about the availability of coordinates of incidents in map form in FRAN Q1 2017.
The map implicitly contains coordinates. Since it displays the Libyan coast, coordinates can easily be retrieved by using two reference points on the coast and their coordinates from google maps.
Smugglers have access to internet and then to google maps. So, they already have those coordinates.
This makes the public security concern irrelevant.

Again, thanks for the time you are spending in helping me.

Yours sincerely,

Giacomo Battiston

PAD, Agence européenne pour la gestion de la coopération opérationnelle aux frontières extérieures

Dear Mr Battiston,

Thank you for your question, but Frontex already confirmed its initial reply to your application.

Kind regards,

Transparency Office
Corporate Governance
Tel: +48 22 205 9500

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From: Giacomo Battiston
Sent: 05 October 2017 13:17:09 (UTC+01:00) Sarajevo, Skopje, Warsaw, Zagreb
To: PAD
Subject: RE: Internal review of access to documents request - Boat Interception Data during Operation Triton, 2014-2017

Dear PAD,

Thank you very much for your quick answer.

The coordinates I am after are detection and interception ones, consistent with the dataset above.

Namely, I am asking to fill in the blanks left in the aforementioned dataset.

The unanswered part of my application was my comment about the availability of coordinates of incidents in map form in FRAN Q1 2017.
The map implicitly contains coordinates. Since it displays the Libyan coast, coordinates can easily be retrieved by using two reference points on the coast and their coordinates from google maps.
Smugglers have access to internet and then to google maps. So, they already have those coordinates.
This makes the public security concern irrelevant.

Again, thanks for the time you are spending in helping me.

Yours sincerely,

Giacomo Battiston

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Giacomo Battiston

Dear PAD,

Thanks for your answer, and for the time you have put into the issue.

I am sorry to inform you that I filled in a complaint with the European Ombudsman about how Frontex dealt with my request. I had to do it as a European citizen, more than as a researcher. Indeed, as a citizen, I was extremely sorry by your refusal to disclose documents, maintained even in the face of facts that arguably made your motivation for doing so not relevant.

I am sure each of your action was carried out in good faith, but anyone reading our exchange can understand my reasons for complaining, and the mistake been made.

Yours sincerely,
Giacomo Battiston