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Eurosur Goes Live


The EU's long-awaited pan-European surveillance system, Eurosur, went live on December 2, 2013. In the first phase of implementation, 19 Schengen countries having external land or sea borders adopted the system. The remaining 12 participating states will join the network by December 1, 2014. The first of these will be Croatia, the newest member state and the one with the longest land borders, scheduled for inclusion by the end of March. The network expansion, which is going to schedule with all ...

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Frontex Eurosur Services help rescue 370 people off Libyan coast


More than 370 people were rescued off the Libyan coast this week after their vessels were detected on satellite images taken as part of Frontex’s Eurosur Fusion Services. The operation was made possible by the cooperation between experts at Frontex and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), Italian authorities and EUNAVFORMED.On Tuesday, 6 October, Frontex Situation Centre in cooperation with EMSA spotted several small boats on a satellite scan of an area close to the Libyan coast, where ...

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Eurosur tools play key role in boat rescue


On the afternoon of Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Moroccan authorities alerted Spain’s Guardia Civil that they have lost track of a small rubber boat full of migrants in the middle of the Alboran Sea, a body of water between the two countries. The Moroccans were growing concerned because they knew that the migrant boat was having engine trouble and was unlikely to make it to Spanish coast, putting dozens of people aboard in grave danger. The Spanish authorities quickly initiated search and ...

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Greeks seize illegal guns on ship monitored by Frontex


HADDAD 1 The Greek Coast Guard seized some 5 000 guns and boxes with ammunition aboard a Libya-bound cargo ship that had been monitored by Frontex as part of the Eurosur Fusion Services.The vessel, HADDAD 1, was being observed by Frontex based on intelligence gathered by the agency and a number of EU member states. It was intercepted by the Greek Coast Guard in the early morning hours on Tuesday on suspicion of weapon smuggling. The ship was on its way from Iskenderun, Turkey, to Libya.The ...

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Information Management

With so many member states and other partners involved in operations, and the quantity of data that needs to be sorted and analysed, information management is an important aspect of Frontex’s work. With over 42,000 km of coastline, almost 9,000 km of land borders and around 300 international airports, Europe sees around 500 million border crossings a year. The job of managing the flow of legal and illegal migration requires a clear picture of the current situation at all the EU’s external...

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Boat carrying 13 tonnes of drugs intercepted as part of Operation Triton


Italian Guardia di Finanza vessels taking part in the Frontex-coordinated Operation Triton intercepted a cargo ship Munzur carrying 13 tonnes of hashish north of Italy’s Pantelleria Island on Wednesday. The 80-metre cargo ship, which was flying a Panamanian flag, was being monitored by Italian authorities with the support of the Eurosur Fusion Services provided by Frontex.During an inspection, Guardia di Finanza officers found some 500 packages of hashish aboard Munzur with a combined weight of ...

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European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) and Frontex agree on closer cooperation


The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) and Frontex have signed a cooperation arrangement to improve the exchange of information between the two EU agencies. Under a Service Level Agreement (SLA) signed by the two agencies, EFCA, with consent of the relevant Member States, will be able to provide its Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) data to Frontex. The information about legitimate fishing vessels will strengthen Frontex’s ability to detect other smaller boats suspected of being used for ...

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Frontex to boost recruitment in 2017


With the expansion of its role and activities as the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex is looking to significantly increase the size of its staff over the next three years. This year alone, the agency aims to increase its staffing level to 600 from the current level of about 400. Statutory staff, based on their levels and areas of expertise, will be allocated mostly to the following fields of work: assessment and analysis, return activities, operational activities (land, air, and ...

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