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Smart Borders: EU Parliament adopts biometric border control

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 | bitcoin updates

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             For entry into the Schengen area, third-country nationals must register with the US model with fingerprints and facial images. Lawyers warn that the system violates EU fundamental rights.


        With a majority of 477 votes, above all the conservatives and parts of the Social Democrats, the EU Parliament passed a law package on Wednesday to set up a biometric entry and exit system based on the US model. About 140 MEPs opposed. Accordingly, third country nationals must register with the 26 Member States of the Schengen area and the borders of Bulgaria and Romania with four fingerprints and facial images. In addition, identity details as well as other data from travel documents are to be stored in the system.
The storage period will normally be three years. If a foreigner forbids his visit to the EU, his entries can be stored for four years. The database should automatically calculate the permissible duration of a short stay and issue a warning to the national safety authorities if the person concerned has not moved out until the end of the permissible period of residence, which is usually 90 days within one half year. The previous stamping process is mothballed.
Virtual biometrics super-databaseThe system with an estimated cost of around one billion euro is therefore to be directly interacted with the already existing Visa Information System (VIS), double entries for immigrants with a longer residence permit should be avoided. At the same time, the Commission intends to merge further information systems in the area of ​​internal security into a virtual "biometrics super-database" with overlapping search possibilities.
In addition to immigration authorities and border guards, the law enforcement authorities of the Member States and Europol are also to be allowed access to the system under certain conditions, namely the fight against terrorism and other serious crimes. With the extended border surveillance, the EU Commission intends to better manage the increasing travel and migration flows and to make law enforcement more efficient. After the start-up difficulties, the Commission took a second, slimmed-down start last year.
"Meaningless collection of data" According to a recent legal opinion commissioned by the Green Party of the Luxembourgish Professor of Media and Telecommunications Law, Mark D. Cole, the system violates EU fundamental rights. The authors have considerable doubts as to whether the project is compatible with the case law of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). According to Jan Philipp Albrecht, the Greens' internal expert, "the same fate prevails as the passenger data agreement with Canada and the directive on data retention, which the Court has clearly rejected as fundamental." However, Agustín Díaz de Mera, the European Parliament's parliamentary plenipotentiary of the conservative European People's Party (EPP), described the new instrument as a "very important step forward for more security in Europe".
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