A few months before the entry and exit system of the European Union for the reinforcement of internal security and the modernization of the management of the external borders will be fully operational, the European Border and Guard Agency coasts (Frontex) announced that it was ready to support Member States in the implementation of the system.
Member States will need to adapt their border management procedures and infrastructure at border crossing points before the system becomes operational, and the Border Agency intends to help them in this regard.
In a press release published on Friday 18 February, Frontex announced that it had identified several areas in which it could help the national authorities of the Member States to impose the system, among others through pilot projects, training and advice to control authorities. at the borders.
“Frontex can procure and organize pilot projects at border crossing points. Last year, such trials were organized in Bulgaria and Spain. The exercise simulated the future EES environment by collecting and processing travel documents and biometric data of travelers who volunteered to participate in the pilot project in full respect of fundamental rights and personal data protection measures.“, notes the Agency.
Here are some of the other ways Frontex will contribute to the implementation of SEA by Member States:
- national border guard training
- advise on national training plans and procedures incorporating existing equipment
- identify border crossing points that need assistance
- plan the deployment of permanent corps officers with advanced knowledge of SEA
Furthermore, the Agency is working on a practical toolkit for all border guards across Europe, which will help them in the deployment of the new system.
The EES, which should become fully operational by the end of the year, is a new EU border system that will centralize and store information on external border crossings, including the name of the non-EU traveller, biometric data as well as the date, time and place of entry or exit. All this information will be collected and stored in full respect of fundamental rights and data protection.
Thanks to this system, the EU intends to facilitate the crossing of borders for frequent travelers while detecting people who are illegally staying in the Schengen area. The system will also help Member States identify terrorists and other individuals committing identity and document fraud.
In October last year, eu-LISA opened the registration period for air carriers, sea carriers and international carriers transporting groups overland by coach can now register for the EES and the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS).
The latter is a system by which travelers from more than 60 countries around the world who can currently enter the EU without a visa will need to obtain a travel authorization in order to be able to travel to the Schengen area.
According to eu-LISA, which is the EU Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice, by registering carriers they could receive the information necessary to prepare for these two systems.