The ambassadors of the EU member countries supported the agreement reached earlier between the Maltese presidency of the EU Council and the representatives of the European Parliament on the creation of an automatic registration system for entry and exit of third-country nationals within the Schengen zone. This was reported by the press service of the Council of the European Union.
It is expected that the system will help to reduce delays at the border and improve the quality of border checks, ensure the identification of those who have exceeded the permitted time of stay in the EU, strengthen internal security and fight against terrorism by opening law enforcement agencies access to travel history books.
It is noted that the new entry-exit system will store information about the identity and documents of the traveler, and also store biometric data (with fingerprints and photos). These data will be stored in a single system for a period of three to five years.
It is reported that the stored information will be available to the border authorities and authorities of the EU member states, who are able to verify whether a third-country national meets the conditions for entry or stay.
European officials hope that the new rules will help to reduce border crossing period and improve the quality of border checks, as well as help in combating terrorism, while allowing law enforcement agencies to access the history of border crossings by travelers.