Migration and Home Affairs

Security Union: Helping carriers implement new information systems for borders and security

Tuesday, 4 June, 2019

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Today, the European Commission together with the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice – eu-LISA – are hosting an informal meeting with representatives of carriers' associations. The aim is to provide these associations, who represent the air, marine and land passenger transport industries with information on carriers’ obligations under the new EU regulations establishing the Entry/Exit System (EES) and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS).

  • Carriers will need to check the Entry/Exit System to determine if a third-country national travelling to the EU with a short-stay single or multiple-entry visa has already used up the number of authorised entries.
  • Carriers will need to check the European Travel Information and Authorisation System to ensure that that their visa-exempt passengers hold a valid travel authorisation.

Background

The meeting is one of the steps in the elaboration of a set of implementing acts that the European Commission is required to adopt, in accordance with the regulations. In early 2020, the Commission will adopt a set of implementing acts that will define the practical modalities for carriers' consultation of the Entry-Exit System (EES) and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). The EES replaces the current method of manually stamping passports, with an electronic record of entries and exits. The ETIAS will enable national authorities to carry out pre-travel screening for potential security and migration risks of presented by visa-exempt visitors.

Since 2011, eu-LISA has played an integral role in the operational management of large-scale IT systems and databases that are critical to ensuring the safety of European citizens. These systems already include Eurodac, the 2nd generation Schengen Information System, the Visa Information System as well as new systems under development such as the EES, ETIAS and the European Criminal Records Information System – Third Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN). These systems, as well as their upcoming interoperability, will help to move us away from outdated silo solutions and towards a new holistic approach that still fully respects the original objectives and data protection guarantees of the individual systems.

For more information

You can learn more below about the Entry/Exit System and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System – ETIAS. eu-LISA is also hosting a dedicated webpage where carrier partners, as well as associations representing them, can get the latest updates on the practical implementation of these new information systems, as well as information on their obligations under the systems' establishing regulations (Links: EES and ETIAS regulations on EUR-Lex).