EU Council adopted the regulation for an entry-exit system and the regulation amending the Schengen border code in relation to the entry-exit system on 20 November 2017. This was reported by Council's press service.
"Strong control of our external borders is essential for the well functioning of the Schengen area. The entry-exit system will contribute to improving external border controls, better identify overstayers and strengthen the fight against terrorism," Andres Anvelt, minister of the interior of Estonia said.
This system will register entry, exit and refusal of entry information of third country nationals crossing the external borders of the Schengen area.
The entry-exit system will help reduce border check delays and improve the quality of border checks by automatically calculating the authorised stay of each traveller, ensure systematic and reliable identification of overstayers and strengthen internal security and the fight against terrorism by allowing law enforcement authorities access to travel history records.
Next step provides that the Council and the European Parliament now need to sign the adopted regulation. The signed text will be published in the EU Official Journal and will enter into force 20 days later. eu-LISA, together with the member states, is expected to start building the new system, which should be operational by 2020.
As it was reported earlier Lithuanian government offered the EU to set the ‘military Schengen area’ – for faster and more efficient deployment of troops across the European continent.
The initiative was discussed during the meeting of defense ministers in Tallinn, Estonia on September 7. The main topic for negotiations was creation of PESCO, the Permanent Military Cooperation Structure, and the European Defense Fund.
‘The project involves simplification of respective procedures and investments in the infrastructure. This initiative enjoys support of many countries; its practical implementation is essential for both EU and NATO,’ Lithuanian defense minister Raimundas Karoblis said.