In the context of the informal reunion of the Justice and Home Affairs Council which took place in Bucharest, the Ministry of Internal Affairs organized on Friday, 8 February 2019, a visit of the foreign delegations to the Command and Control Center within the General Inspectorate of Border Police.
The visit was aimed at presenting the functioning of the Romanian border surveillance system, having in view the increased interest for the border safety of the foreign officials who participated in the internal affairs session of JHA Council on 7 February 2019.
“Romania invested a lot in the safety of the EU external borders, and we can now be proud with one of the most performing surveillance systems in Europe. As regards the human resources, out of the total of 13 400 of border guards, 9 000 work exclusively on the EU external border”, stated the minister of internal affairs, Mrs. Carmen Dan, during the visit.
The Command and Control Center of the General Inspectorate of Border Police ensues the integrated management of the state border, through the collection and processing of information from the surveillance and control systems installed at the border.
The continuous monitoring of the operational situation and the managing of the database of the Romanian Border Police on the national and Schengen alerts regarding persons, documents, assets and vehicles is carried out at the level of the Center. Also, within the Center, the EUROSUR node (European Border Surveillance System) is operationalized, a system which contributes to the management of the EU external land and maritime borders through the enhancement of information exchange between the Member States and Frontex Agency.
Among EUROSUR duties, we mention: prognosis regarding the criminal phenomenon based on the centralization of events recorded daily at the external border, operational surveillance of activities and missions carried out at the Black Sea, monitoring of crisis situations and civilian emergencies, terrorist alerts, interventions etc.