Commission to strengthen interoperability of EU information systems

On 21 June in Strasbourg, the European Parliament’s (EP) subcommittee for security and defence (SEDE) held an exchange of views with the Commissioner for the Security Union, Sir Julian King, about the “Seventh progress report towards an effective and genuine Security Union“, dealing with the Commission’s efforts to achieve interoperability of EU's information systems for security, border and migration management by 2020. The establishment of a European search portal, a shared biometric matching device, and a common identity repository is being discussed.

On 26 June, the EP’s Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET) debated the proposed European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), which should be delivered by the end of 2017. ETIAS should primarily concentrate on gathering information on all those travelling visa-free to the EU so as to carry out irregular migration and security checks in advance. The already functioning Schengen Information System (SIS) has also been discussed, particularly the efforts to strengthen the SIS in order to make it operational in the field of border checks, as well as to use it for the return of illegally staying third-country nationals. It is thus evident that Juncker’s Commission strives to gradually fulfil the goals of its “European Agenda on Security”, aimed at bolstering a wide spectrum of security aspects on Europe-wide level.

About author: Tomáš Hošek

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