Seven EU Member States have opened a new centre to deal with transatlantic cocaine smuggling. France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom will together operate the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre—Narcotics. The Centre will use warships and narcotics officers from each of these seven EU Member States to intercept shipments before they reach EU soil. The Centre will be based in Lisbon and staffed by professional law enforcement personnel from the participating EU Member States.