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Revision of the Schengen Information System for border checks [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 by enabling competent authorities, such as police and border guards, to enter and consult alerts on wanted or missing persons and lost or stolen property. In view of responding more effectively to new migration and security challenges, in December 2016, the European Commission put forward a package of three legislative proposals aimed at revising the legal framework of the SIS.

The proposal on the establishment, operation and use of the SIS in the field of border checks provides for more effective use of fingerprints and facial images in the SIS, and imposes an obligation on the Member States to record all entry bans issued to third-country nationals who have been found staying illegally in their territory.

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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 border checks, amending Regulation (EU) No 515/2014 and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1987/2006
Committee responsible: Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)

COM(2016) 882

procedure ref.: 2016/0408(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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