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EUROSUR kicks off: new tools to save migrants' lives and prevent crime at EU borders

EU News 497/2013

Brussels, 29 November 2013

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.


EUROSUR is being established gradually, starting on 2 December 2013 with the 18 EU Member States at the southern and eastern external borders and the Schengen associated country Norway. The remaining 11 EU Member States and Schengen associated countries will join EUROSUR as of 1 December 2014. The different components of EUROSUR will be continuously upgraded in the coming years.

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