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Revision of the Schengen Information System for law enforcement [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Nikolai Atanassov (3rd edition, updated on 18.10.2018),

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The Schengen Information System (SIS) is a large-scale information database that supports external border control and law enforcement cooperation in the Schengen states. It enables competent authorities, such as police and border guards, to enter and consult alerts on certain categories of wanted or missing persons and lost or stolen property.

In December 2016, the European Commission adopted a package of proposals aimed at responding more effectively to new migration and security challenges. One of these proposals is focused on improving and extending the use of the SIS in the field of police cooperation and judicial cooperation in criminal matters. It clarifies procedures, creates new alerts and checks, extends the use of biometrics, and enlarges access for law enforcement authorities.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment, operation and use of the Schengen Information System (SIS) in the field of police cooperation and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, amending Regulation (EU) No 515/2014 and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1986/2006, Council Decision 2007/533/JHA and Commission Decision 2010/261/EU
Committee responsible: Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)

COM(2016) 883

procedure ref.: 2016/0409(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Rapporteur: Carlos Coelho (EPP, Portugal)
Shadow rapporteurs:




Miriam Dalli (S&D, Malta),
Jussi Halla-Aho (ECR, Finland),
Gérard Deprez (ALDE, Belgium),
Marie-Christine Vergiat (GUE/NGL, France),
Eva Joly (Greens/EFA, France),
Jörg Meuthen (EFDD, Germany),
Lorenzo Fontana (ENF, Italy)
Next steps expected: First-reading vote in plenary

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