On 19th November, the EU announced that the EU Council had adopted the Commission’s proposal to strengthen the Schengen Information System (SIS), Europe’s most widely used information sharing system for migration, security and border management.  The improvements include alerts to be issued for unknown persons who are wanted in connection with a crime; national authorities will be obliged to create a SIS alert in cases related to terrorist offences and a new “inquiry check” to gather essential information; it will be compulsory to insert into SIS any entry bans issued to third-country nationals allowing their enforcement throughout the Schengen area; SIS will make more efficient use of fingerprints, palm prints and facial images to identify suspects (geared towards ensuring full interoperability of the SIS with other EU systems for migration, border management and security).  The necessary 3 EU Regulations will be published in the EU Official Journal in due course, and would enter into operation following that – with Member States then having 3 years to implement the changes required.

There is also a helpful factsheet on the SIS at –

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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