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Parliamentary questions
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29 November 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Ioannis Lagos
 Subject: Use of drones and radar for eastern Aegean maritime border surveillance

The use of remotely controlled unmanned aircraft (drones) for military operations is set to become the norm in future, all the more so given their suitability for effective border surveillance and protection. This applies particularly to Greece, which has to cope with large waves of illegal migration.

In the light of the above, can the Commission say: 

Does it consider it possible for the Greek armed forces and Coast Guard, which bear responsibility for maritime border surveillance, to be included in programmes for the development and purchase of unarmed drones to guard the borders used for observation purposes only?

Alternatively, does it consider it possible to channel funding into the development of coastal radar surveillance systems covering all the eastern Aegean islands, using central AIS-linked radar image processing software for the automatic identification of vessels (to detect trafficking vessels not fitted with AIS transponders) in order to step up surveillance of Greek - and hence EU - maritime borders?

Original language of question: EL
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