Make border controls smoother, while fighting terrorism. This is the ambition of the unified IT system that will be developed by 28 European states by 2020. It will apply to the 26 countries of the Schengen area, as well as to Romania and Bulgaria. This joint register of entries and exits was adopted in plenary session Wednesday 25 October by MEPs.
The new system will better detect ” criminals with multiple false identities, as was the case of the terrorist who attacked the Christmas market in Berlin ” last December, said the rapporteur of the text. It will identify the names, passport numbers, fingerprints and photos of all third-country nationals arriving in the Schengen area.
A system to which the Belgian MEP of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Gérard Desprez, is in favor. ” Equipped with automatic gantries, we hope – and this will undoubtedly be the case – reduce waiting times at border controls, strengthen the quality of these controls, by more easily detecting document fraud and identity fraud. He explained to Parliament.
“We will multiply the access of repressive forces to sensitive data“
The information stored in the new register will be accessible to the border authorities and to Europol, which disturbs Marie-Christine Vergiat , MEP from the United Left who also spoke in front of her MEPs: ” Under the guise of a right to legitimate security, we will multiply the access of repressive forces to sensitive data, including in cooperation with third countries. On these benches, we refuse this “bunkérisée” Europe which flouts its own values. ”
Some countries, such as France, want this system to be extended in time and also to control the entry and exit of European citizens.