Establishing the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR)

Type: News   Reference: 88806   Duration: 00:03:02  Lieu: European Parliament, Brussels
End production: 27/11/2012   First transmission: 27/11/2012
Protecting the lives of migrants and refugees, especially at sea, must be a key aim of the EU's new "Eurosur" border surveillance system, said the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday. When using Eurosur, member states must respect migrants' human rights and personal data, it added in a vote endorsing a draft law to establish the system. In 2011, over 90% of illegal border crossings took place in four EU countries: Spain, Malta, Italy and Greece. The Eurosur system is designed to improve the "monitoring, detection, identification, tracking, prevention and interception of illegal border crossings". But it must also serve to protect and save the lives of migrants and refugees, especially those in distress at sea, say MEPs. The committee amended the draft to ensure that the need to save lives is properly reflected throughout the legislation. The regulation was adopted by 37 votes to 5, with 9 abstentions. This Civil Liberties Committee vote gives Parliament's rapporteur a mandate to start negotiations on the draft law with the Council. Once the two institutions reach an agreement and adopt the regulation, Eurosur could start work on 1 October 2013.

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00:00:10 cutaways LIBE committee meeting today (4 shots) 00:00:20
00:00:30 SOUNDBITE Jan MULDER, ALDE, NL, Eurosur rapporteur: The vote that we have just taken in the Civil Liberties Committee is a confirmation of the proposal of the Commission to come to a better protection of the European external borders, so as to prevent illegal immigration and organised crime. In the committee, we have adopted a number of amendments that reinforce certain points of the Commission's proposal. 00:00:26
00:00:56 SOUNDBITE Jan MULDER, ALDE, NL, Eurosur rapporteur: Eurosur is a name for a better organisation of the protection of the European external borders. It will be established in the headquarters of FRONTEX in Warsaw, it will involve the setting up of national coordination centres in each of the member states, that will all report about the external borders. All that will be concentrated in Warsaw and each member state will have the same information of what the situation is on the outside borders of the European Union. 00:00:36
00:01:32 SOUNDBITE Jan MULDER, ALDE, NL, Eurosur rapporteur: The current architecture is that we have more cooperation between custom services and police services of the member states. We will have better surveillance methods, better cooperation between existing European institutions on how to protect the borders, and so on. 00:00:18
00:01:50 SOUNDBITE Jan MULDER, ALDE, NL, Eurosur rapporteur: The next steps will be that we will compare the position of the European Parliament with the position of the Council. If they haven't voted in a similar way, we will try to reach a compromise. If it is possible to achieve a compromise, then that compromise will be proposed to the plenary of the European Parliament. If we approve it, we will have Eurosur and a better protection of the European external borders. 00:00:25
00:02:15 LIBE Committee voting on the report (6 shots) 00:00:47
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