#SecurityUnion – Strengthened #SchengenInformationSystem adopted

| November 21, 2018


The Council has 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. A political priority for 2018-2019 and a key element for the future interoperability of EU information systems, the reinforced SIS will help border guards and police to better track down dangerous criminals and terrorists.

Welcoming the adoption, Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said: “The Schengen Information System lies at the very heart of Schengen, safeguarding the free movement of people within the area, but also protecting our citizens from those who wish to abuse that freedom. The system is running 24/7, and once it becomes interoperable with our other migration and security systems, it will even more help border guards and police identify dangerous criminals and terrorists and prevent them from entering the Schengen area. Today, we take another step forward in effectively delivering on our citizens’ fundamental right to feel safe where they live, work and travel, delivering a Europe that protects.”

Security Union Commissioner Julian King said: “From preventing terror attacks to missing children, the SIS is the centrepiece of information exchange in the EU, with more than 200,000 criminals tracked down and 50,000 arrests made underlining its importance to cross-border security cooperation. I welcome today’s adoption of a strengthened mandate to make the SIS even more effective. This is all the more important given the crucial role it will play in our efforts to make all our information systems properly interoperable.”

More information is available in the press release and the factsheet on the Schengen Information System (SIS).

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