EU to strengthen control of Schengen borders

EU to strengthen control of Schengen borders

The EU Council adopted the regulation for an entry-exit system and the regulation amending the Schengen border code in relation to the entry-exit system.

This system will register entry, exit and refusal of entry information of third country nationals crossing the external borders of the Schengen area, the press service of the European Council said.

"Strong control of our external borders is essential for the well functioning of the Schengen area. The entry-exit system will contribute to improving external border controls, better identify overstayers and strengthen the fight against terrorism," the minister of the interior of Estonia Andres Anvelt said.

The EU expects that the entry-exit system will help to reduce border check delays and improve the quality of border checks by automatically calculating the authorised stay of each traveller, ensure systematic and reliable identification of overstayers, as well as strengthen internal security and the fight against terrorism by allowing law enforcement authorities access to travel history records.

The Council and the European Parliament need to sign the adopted regulation. The signed text will be published in the EU Official Journal and will enter into force 20 days later. eu-LISA, together with the member states, is expected to start building the new system, which should  be operational by 2020.

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