Written by Anja Radjenovic (2nd edition),
Strengthening the EU’s external borders is key to ensure internal security and to preserve freedom of movement in the Schengen area. While the existing border management information systems do address some of the information gaps concerning non-EU citizens coming into the EU, there is a lack of information related to visa-exempt third-country nationals arriving at the Schengen external borders.
The European Commission is therefore proposing to set up an automated system that would gather information on visa-exempt travellers prior to their arrival, in order to determine any irregular migration, security or public-health risks associated with them. The proposal follows similar models already existing in the USA, Canada and Australia, among others.
|Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) and amending Regulations (EU) No 515/2014, (EU) 2016/399, (EU) 2016/794 and (EU) 2016/1624|
|Committee responsible:||Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)||COM(2016) 731 of 16.11.2016,
procedure ref.: 2016/0357(COD)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’
|Rapporteur:||Kinga Gál (EPP, Hungary)|
|Sylvie Guillaume (S&D, France)
Helga Stevens (ECR, Belgium)
Gérard Deprez (ALDE, Belgium)
Marie-Christine Vergiat (GUE/NGL, France)
Jan Philipp Albrecht (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Lorenzo Fontana (ENF, Italy)
|Next steps expected:||Vote in LIBE Committee|
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