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Parliamentary questions
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10 September 2019
Question for written answer E-002706-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Antony Hook (Renew) , Sheila Ritchie (Renew) , Barbara Ann Gibson (Renew) , Lucy Nethsingha (Renew) , Irina Von Wiese (Renew) , Catherine Bearder (Renew) , Naomi Long (Renew) , Martin Horwood (Renew) , Jane Brophy (Renew)

 Subject:  Efficiency of the use of drones by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency
 Answer in writing 

The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) is using Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in Greece, Italy and Portugal. These unmanned aircraft are supposed to guarantee surveillance of the Mediterranean Sea by supporting search and rescue operations, and detecting vessels suspected of criminal activities. This technology has received GBP 95 million of EU investment.

An estimated number of 567 people have died in the sea so far in 2019.

How many lives does the Commission estimate have been saved as a result of information from Frontex drones?

In how many cases has Frontex informed national authorities of sightings of people or boats in need of rescue or investigation, and in how many cases have national authorities acted on this information?

Are there any plans to use Frontex drones to monitor the EU’s Atlantic Coast or the English Channel, and will those plans be altered by Brexit?

Last updated: 25 September 2019Legal notice