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Parliamentary questions
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5 September 2018
E-003211/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Avramopoulos on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003211/2018

1. The purpose of the ProDetect service is to identify locations and activities of interest over specific larger areas. It delivers a risk classification matrix over each location based on patterns and activity indicators, defined to deliver enhanced situational awareness and early warning detection capabilities over a large area of interest. The monitored areas are identified through risk analysis to support the operational assessment of illegal migration and cross-border crime related activities.

The MUSO (Multi Source) Migration Analytical Assessment service provides a socioeconomic baseline and an initial analysis report on a specific area, activity and/or an organised criminal group associated with irregular migration or cross-border crime activities.

These services are part of the Eurosur Fusion services which are delivered to the National Coordination Centres of the Member States and to the Agency as provided for by Regulation (UE) 1052/2013 establishing Eurosur(1).

2. Open source intelligence (OSINT) is used for the production of the three services listed in the question. Interviews or questionnaires conducted by service providers can be also used for the delivery of MUSO.

3. In the frame of Frontex Compatible Operational Image, tests of different cellular, microwave and satellite data transmission solutions were performed using commercial off the shelf (COTS) equipment.

Currently there are no ongoing trials, the next step of Frontex Compatible Operational Image is a demonstration testing of Aerostatic Aerial Border Surveillance via Tethered Balloons/Aerostats.

(1)Regulation (EU) n° 1052/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2013 establishing the European Border Surveillance System, OJ L 295, 6.11.2013, p. 11.

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