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Use of the Schengen Information System for the return of illegally staying third-country nationals [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Costica Dumbrava (1st edition),

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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 put forward a legislative package containing several proposals aimed at responding more effectively to new migration and security challenges. One of these proposals is focused on extending the use of the SIS for returning illegally staying third-country nationals. In particular, this proposal introduces an obligation for Member States to enter all return decisions in the SIS. The main aims of the proposal are to enhance the enforcement of the EU return policy and to reduce the incentives to irregular migration to the EU. The other parts of the package concern making more effective use of SIS in border checks and allowing access for law enforcement purposes.

 

Versions

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the use of the Schengen Information System for the return of illegally staying third-country nationals
Committee responsible: Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)

COM(2016) 881
21.12.2016

procedure ref.: 2016/0407(COD)

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

Rapporteur: To be appointed
Shadow rapporteurs:

 

To be appointed

 

Next steps expected: Initial discussions in committee

Stage: EESC

 

Illegally staying third-country nationals, return decisions and effective returns

Illegally staying third-country nationals, return decisions and effective returns

SIS alerts on persons

SIS alerts on persons

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