A new, state-of-the-art integrated maritime surveillance system will be developed in the Aegean Sea, as the European Internal Security Fund has decided to grant Greece €50 million to develop the system.
Once deployed, the new surveillance system will allow the Greek coast guard to monitor, on a 24-hour basis, the entire Aegean Sea.
This will help to spot illegal smuggling incidents, migrant and refugee flows and Turkish violations of the sea border between Greece and Turkey.
On Tuesday, the EU fund decided to grant this disbursement to Greece on the basis that the Greek maritime borders in the Aegean Sea are also external borders of the European Union itself.
A total of thirty-five monitoring stations will be located throughout the Aegean sea on military bases, according to the plan.
Two additional stations will be mobile to be able to rush to scenes where an incident has been spotted.
The system is scheduled to be fully ready by 2022 and it will provide constant, real-time information to Athens, FRONTEX and Brussels about the situation in the Aegean Sea.