Europe's Border Regime

Military-style command centres, databases of millions of people, massive surveillance through remote-controlled drones, billion-Euro research and national procurement programmes. Far from the public eye, the governments of the European Union are pursuing a weighty long-term plan to use technology on a massive scale for the control of the European borders.

December 2016

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Military-style command centres, databases of millions of people, massive surveillance through remote-controlled drones, billion-Euro research and national procurement programmes. Far from the public eye, the governments of the European Union are pursuing a weighty long-term plan to use technology on a massive scale for the control of the European borders.

At their most recent summit in Bratislava, Slovakia, EU government leaders even chose border security as their most important topic of discussion. They deemed it important to “stop illegal migration” and “protect our people’s security”, as Chancellor Angela Merkel said. She saw it as a new “spirit of collaboration” in an otherwise rather divided Europe.

But will the desired surveillance system serve its purpose? Will it make Europe safer? We, Investigate Europe, a team of nine journalists from eight different countries, have tried to find answers to those questions. For two months, we have talked with over 200 border guards, investigators, military personnel, police, law experts, researchers, engineers, EU officials, doctors, municipal employees and politicians.

The results are alarming: for Europe’s new border control project in the years leading up to 2020, six billion Euros will be needed from the EU budget and about the same amount from the national budgets, with no demonstrable benefits; the European Commission and the national governments want to abolish fundamental privacy laws and store citizens’ personal data on a massive scale without judicial control; the European Commission has directed its policy almost exclusively towards the interests of the security and arms industry, and allows their representatives to influence decisions and law-making processes despite massive conflicts of interest in advisory boards.

Publications

Grenseløs kontroll
Grenseløs kontroll

Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

9 December 2016

Il grande affare della sicurezza europea Ecco quanto si spende per i controlli
Il grande affare della sicurezza europea Ecco quanto si spende per i controlli

Corriere della Sera, Italy

10 December 2017

Europe plans the surveillance state
Europe plans the surveillance state

Der Tagesspiegel, Germany

O admirável mundo novo da biometria
O admirável mundo novo da biometria

Público, Portugal

10 December 2016

“Nós financiamos a nossa própria investigação, é esse o segredo”
“Nós financiamos a nossa própria investigação, é esse o segredo”

Público, Portugal

10 December 2016

Força Aérea ganha concurso europeu de drones para vigiar Mediterrâneo
Força Aérea ganha concurso europeu de drones para vigiar Mediterrâneo

Público, Portugal

12 October 2016

La UE se entrega a los planes del lobby de las empresas de seguridad
La UE se entrega a los planes del lobby de las empresas de seguridad

infoLibre, Spain

11 December 2016

Europa, a última fronteira
Europa, a última fronteira

Público, Portugal

11 December 2016

Czy drony i serwery rozwiążą problem uchodźców?
Czy drony i serwery rozwiążą problem uchodźców?

Newsweek Poland, Poland

12 December 2016

Tjener milliarder på et engstelig Europa
Tjener milliarder på et engstelig Europa

Bergens Tidende, Norway

1 February 2016

How the EU cosied up to the defence lobby
How the EU cosied up to the defence lobby

EUobserver, Belgium

20 December 2016

Sikkerhetsindustrien tjener milliarder på et Europa i frykt
Sikkerhetsindustrien tjener milliarder på et Europa i frykt

Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

27 December 2016

Mission impossible i Middelhavet
Mission impossible i Middelhavet

Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

31 December 2016

Operation Sophia: mission impossible in the Mediterranean
Operation Sophia: mission impossible in the Mediterranean

Público, Portugal

Operações no Mediterrâneo não travam traficantes de refugiados
Operações no Mediterrâneo não travam traficantes de refugiados

Público, Portugal

31 December 2016

Hun passer på de ukjente flyktningers grav
Hun passer på de ukjente flyktningers grav

Aftenposten, Norway

12 January 2017

Siem Pilot registrerer alle døde
Siem Pilot registrerer alle døde

Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

15 January 2017

Mortes que não se contam
Mortes que não se contam

Público, Portugal

29 January 2017

The Uncounted: Invisible Deaths on Europe’s Borders
The Uncounted: Invisible Deaths on Europe’s Borders

News Deeply, US

16 February 2017

Die zahllosen Toten
Die zahllosen Toten

taz, Germany

10 March 2017

Drones portugueses ganham concurso de 66 milhões de euros
Drones portugueses ganham concurso de 66 milhões de euros

Público, Portugal

18 March 2017