Council of the European Union adopts Regulation establishing EUROSUR system

Date: 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

According to the Council's Press Release, 'the aim of the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) is to reinforce control of the Schengen external borders. In particular, EUROSUR will establish a mechanism for member states' authorities carrying out border surveillance activities to share operational information and to cooperate with each other and with the FRONTEX Agency in order to reduce the number of irregular migrants entering the EU undetected, and to increase internal security by preventing cross-border crime, such as trafficking in human beings and the smuggling of drugs'.

It is also envisaged that EUROSUR will assist in preventing similar occurrences to the recent tragedy off the coast of Lampedusa. The EUROSUR regulation, which covers air, land and sea borders, will apply to the member states located at the Southern and Eastern external borders from 2 December 2013 and to the remaining member states from 1 December 2014. Denmark, the UK, and Ireland are not taking part.

Read the Regulation and the Press Release of the Council.


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