The purchase, maintenance and (cross-border) interconnection of automated systems for the recognition of number-plates (ANPRSs) or container codes for purposes relating to the protection of the Union’s financial interests. Requisite specialised training in the operation of such systems is included. Cross-border cooperation enabling the exchange of information to strengthen the fight against irregularities and suspected fraud will be strongly encouraged.
Strengthening and improvement of beneficiaries’ (e.g. customs, police or tax authorities’) investigative capacities to identify trucks and vehicles suspected of involvement in activities detrimental to the Union’s financial interests, as measured by the number of verifications made with (interconnected) ANPRSs, operating hours and positive identifications (‘hits’, leading to arrests and seizures), and results from the exchange of ANPRS information with competent authorities in neighbouring and cross-border regions, other Member States and non-EU countries.
Illustration Photo: Traffic officer monitoring CCTV screens from inside a specialist ANPR van. The ANPR van (automated number plate recognition) monitors vehicles to identify those that are wanted or that have no insurance. The ANPR systems operate by using a camera - capable of scanning thousands of number plates every hour. (credits: West Midlands Police / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0))