EU: Smart borders 2011
Type: Archives [long]
End production: 17/10/2011 First transmission: 25/10/2011
Enabling smooth and fast border crossing for travellers, while ensuring an adequate level of security, is a challenge for many Member States. Every year more than 700 million EU citizens and third country nationals cross the EU's external borders. This number is expected to rise significantly in the future.
To cope with future challenges and constraints, the European Commission adopted, on 25 October 2011, a Communication which sets out the main options for using new technologies to simplify life for foreigners frequently travelling to the EU and to better monitor third-country nationals crossing the borders.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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||Border Crossing Point (BCP) in Bobrowniki at the Poland/Belarus border - Bialystok county; Passport control: Polish officer checking and stamping a passport, Poland, 2003 (11 shots)
||Exteriors of Border Crossing Point (BCP) in Narva with car terminal and pedestrians; Interiors pedestrian terminal, including control procedures with a dog specialized in narcotics, Estonia, 2003 (9 shots)
||Green border in Narva, including Russian surveillance tower, dam, Estonian surveillance cameras and radar, and Russian settlement across the border; Control room in the border control headquarters in Narva, including staff on duty and surveillance cameras monitors; Alajoe border guard post at Lake Peipsi - northern part, including hovercraft in patrol action at the frozen lake, Estonia, 2003 (15 shots)
||Poland/Ukraine border: passport control and checking of a van by customs officer, 2005 (9 shots)
||Border post in Kuchurgan, Ukraine, 2009 (5 shots)
At the border post it's very straightforward. Pedestrians pass through the yellow lanes to be checked. The vehicles are separated by category and examined by the Ukrainian guards.
||Koidula border control on the Russian side of the border and an officer checking a Russian car in the Estonian control zone in 2003 (3 shots)
||Lithuania/Ukraine border: border post in Medininkai, control zone, including trucks arriving; Document control, including officer checking all the papers out/in a counter and drivers; Detailed control for trucks; Truck being searched by customs officers, 2003 (12 shots)
||Green border in Medininkai area - surveillance tower, including a officer in action with binoculars and surveillance camera, 2008 (5 shots)
||Greece/Turkey border: helicopter patrolling the Greek border with Turkey; Interior shots of the surveillance plane taking part in the exercise, 2009 (4 shots)
||Kipi border crossing point on the Greek border with Turkey and checking of a Turkish truck by customs officers, 2009 (8 shots)
||Luxembourgers Cessna aircraft landing at Alexandroupolis International Airport after a night patrol flight at the Greek/Turquish border; Views of the Infrared pictures, 2010 (4 shots)
||European Agency for the Management of the External Borders (Frontex) operation in the Atlantic Ocean: Italian plane, screen showing a "cayuco" being targeted by the plane, 2006 (7 shots)
||Scanning of container by custom's mobile truck scanner and customs official checking computer screen in mobile scanner, Rotterdam harbour, The Netherlands, 2006 (6 shots)