Spain spearpoints maritime spying

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THE Guardia Civil is heading an EU project which will use unmanned planes for surveillance of the seas. This European project will also use satellites and baloons to control maritime borders.

The Director General of the Guardia Civil, Arsenio Fernandez de Mesa, led the meeting at which project ‘CLOSEYE’ was launched. It was attended by Spanish authorities involved in guarding the coast and sea, the Ministries of Defence, Public Works, Tax, Foreign Affairs, Agriculture and State Safety Secretary.

Also present were EU authorities involved in similar fields, such as the EU Commission and FRONTEX, Spanish Investigation and Development Agencies, and delegates from Italy and Portugal, as well as companies interested in marine surveillance. 

Fernandez de la Mesa said that the project would improve public safety at sea as well as fighting illegal immigration and assisting border control.

The Guardia Civil aims to protect the Spanish and Europeans as well as helping those who risk their lives at sea for a better future in Europe, he added.

The €12.25 million project is financed mainly by the European Union. It will be carried out in three phases over 38 months. The third phase will evaluate the results in order to provide other forces with similar systems.

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