The European Parliament is giving its green light to a new common electronic system to speed up checks at the Schengen area’s external borders. It will also register information on non-EU nationals, in order to facilitate the detection of fraud. Agustín
Díaz De Mera (EPP) explains the main objectives of this new law.
The legislative proposal is about creating an integrated system of control of the external borders of the European Union. This is to eliminate the system of having to stamp passports. Clearly, the consequence is that it will facilitate the entry of visitors from third countries because their data will remain in the system. And the next time they come, they won't need to queue for long or go through specific checks because their data will already be in the system. It's a matter of avoiding situations where people who have legally entered the EU and eventually finish their authorised stay yet still remain in the EU, the integrated border control system can detect such problems and avoid illegal stays. Basically, with the use of facial recognition and four fingerprints, in addition to alphanumeric data, once they are all integrated into the system, we can avoid repeated falsification of travel documents. One method is for authorities and state security to have access to this data, and by cross-checking it with other information, alerts can be issued quickly. It will be easier to prevent something like the Berlin Christmas market attack from happening, where the terrorist attacked and we found out afterwards that he had used 15 different identities. With an entry/exit system, this will be impossible or very difficult.