On Tuesday 22nd October 2013, the European Border Surveillance System, or EUROSUR, was established by the Council of the European Union. EUROSUR will provide a mechanism for countries to co-operate and share information related to border control with each other and with FRONTEX – the European Union border control agency.
The aim of EUROSUR is to reduce illegal immigration, human trafficking and drug smuggling. In a statement, the Council of the European Union also expressed its wish that EUROSUR should serve to help prevent tragedies at sea such as the recent loss of life near Lampedusa, which concerned a vessel carrying refugees and illegal immigrants to Italy from North Africa.
As part of the new regulations, member states will formulate national coordination centres to allow them to work more closely with EUROSUR and FRONTEX. The new regulations are being rolled out in the Southern and Eastern member states firstly and later in the remaining member states. Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom are not taking part in the adoption of this regulation.