Surveillance system to combat illegal immigration
14 December 2005, BRUSSELS — The European Union is to spend EUR 800 million to tighten controls on illegal immigration, a plan first suggested by Spain.
14 December 2005
BRUSSELS — The European Union is to spend EUR 800 million to tighten controls on illegal immigration, a plan first suggested by Spain.
The new scheme, put forward by Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, will introduce a electronic surveillance system along the whole Mediterranean coast.
It will enlarge the system presently in use between the Straits of Gibraltar.
The project is to be discussed during a summit of EU leaders on Thursday in Brussels.
The summit's principal concern will be finding a deal over the EU budget between 2007-2013.
Last week, Zapatero clashed with Tony Blair over a British proposal to end EU aid to Spain in 2010.
Spain wants the aid which has made its economy grow to be phased out slowly until 2013.
The aid is to be directed to poorer Eastern European states.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news