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Brussels, 19 June 2013
Commissioner Malmström welcomes LIBE Committee vote on EUROSUR
I welcome the positive vote by the LIBE Committee on the EUROSUR Regulation. Today's vote paves the way for a quick adoption by the European Parliament and the Home Affairs Council. Once formally adopted, the new system should be operational before the end of the year. EUROSUR will equip EU authorities with better tools to fight serious crimes, such as drug trafficking and human smuggling. EUROSUR also has the clear objective of making a serious contribution to the protection and saving of lives of migrants trying to reach European shores by sea and thus will help to diminish the unacceptable death toll.
These small vessels, mostly sea unworthy, are currently very difficult to detect and this often results in the loss of lives of migrants at sea. EUROSUR will considerably improve the information exchange and interagency cooperation within and between Member States in the field of border surveillance, by establishing national coordination centres. Information on incidents will be shared immediately by the Member States' national coordination centres and the EU border agency Frontex, increasing their chances to prevent cross-border crime, detecting small vessels and to reduce the kind of tragedies that unfortunately we witness so often, especially in the Mediterranean Sea.
The use of EUROSUR will be conditioned to the full respect of fundamental rights and of the principle of non-refoulement. Its implementation will fully respect EU provisions on data protection. These strict guarantees will apply also in case cooperation with third countries in the framework of EUROSUR will be needed.
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