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12 Pages

Is the Wall Soluble into International Law?

ByJean-Marc Sorel

This chapter explains the literature on international public goods to analyze and question the creation of Frontex as the outcome of a collective policy. It presents to what extent private industrial actors have been involved in drafting the research agenda of the EU on security, which deals widely with border security. It describes the security policy of the European Union (EU) and its security research programme conducted under the 7th framework programme. The chapter talks about the case of the European external border surveillance system (EUROSUR) proposed by the Commission in 2008 shows that solutions developed by the defence industry in the framework of the security research programme have retained the attention of top-level EU policy makers. The literature on the EU border policy widely acknowledges how technology is meant to be a central component in the approach of the EU regarding border security and border management.