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EU 'Smart Borders': Commission wants easier access and enhanced security

25 October 2011

The EU needs a more modern and efficient management of traveller flows at its external borders. The European Commission has adopted a Communication which sets out the main options for using new technologies to simplify life for foreigners frequently travelling to the EU, and to better monitor third-country nationals crossing the borders.

"The Union must continue to modernise the management of its external borders and ensure that the Schengen area is better equipped to cope with future challenges", said Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström in a comment.

"The 'Smart Borders' initiative would speed up border crossing for regular travellers but could also help us to better secure our external borders."

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