EC Press Release: European Border Surveillance System To Be Operational On December 2nd

“EUROSUR kicks off: new tools to save migrants’ lives and prevent crime at EU borders,” from the European Commission:

On 2 December 2013 the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) becomes operational.

EUROSUR will make an important contribution to saving lives of those who put themselves in danger to reach Europe’s shores. It will also equip the EU and its Member States with better tools to prevent cross-border crimes, such as trafficking in human beings or trafficking in drugs, while at the same time detect and provide assistance to small migrant boats in distress, in full compliance with European and international obligations, including the principle of non-refoulement.

“I welcome the launch of EUROSUR. It is a truly European response to save the lives of migrants travelling in overcrowded and unseaworthy vessels, to avoid further tragedies in the Mediterranean and also to stop speed boats transporting drugs. All these initiatives are highly dependent on a timely information exchange and coordinated efforts between the national and European agencies. EUROSUR provides that framework, in full respect of international obligations,” said Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs…

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