The EU will scan the passports at the border
The EU Council approved a draft directive on the introduction in the European Union of an automatic entry-exit registration system within the Schengen area of third-country nationals, as well as their refusals to enter the Schengen area, the press service of the EU Council reported.
At the end of October, the amendments to the legislative initiative of the European Commission were approved by the European Parliament. Now both institutions must sign the relevant EU regulations, which will then be published in the Official Journal of the EU and will enter into force in twenty days. In cooperation with the EU member states, the European Operational Management Agency for large-scale IT systems in the field of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA) should begin implementing a new system that will be operational by 2020.
The "entry-exit" system provides that a third-country citizen will scan his / her foreign passport. Currently, the passports of foreigners entering and leaving the Schengen zone are stamped when crossing the border. As explained in the Council of the EU, the new system will be extended both to foreigners entering Schengen for visas and to citizens of states that have an agreement with the EU on visa-free travel for short-term trips - for a period of no more than 90 days every six months.
The new system will store both biometric data on passengers and information about travel documents used by them. The shelf life of this data is limited to three years, and for foreigners who have stayed in Schengen for five years. The EU expects that the entry into force of the new directive, the draft of which was proposed by the European Commission, will not only strengthen internal security and fight against terrorism, but will also shorten the time for border control, and will also identify foreigners who have expired in the Schengen zone.
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