Migration and Home Affairs

Security Union: Commission closes information gaps to better protect EU citizens

Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Today, the European Commission has proposed to close information gaps by upgrading EU information systems for security, border and migration management and making them work together in a smarter and more efficient way. The measures will enable information exchange and data sharing between the different systems and ensure that border guards and police officers have access to the right information exactly when and where they need it, whilst ensuring the highest data protection standards and full respect of fundamental rights. In the context of recent security and migratory challenges, the proposal will ensure greater safety of EU citizens by facilitating the management of the EU's external borders and increasing internal security.

First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: "At this moment our EU information systems for security and border management are working separately which slows down law enforcement. With our proposal they will become fully interoperable."

Commissioner for Migration, Citizenship and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos said: "Today we are delivering the final and most important element of our work to close gaps and remove blind spots in our information systems for security, borders and migration." Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King said:"This is an ambitious new approach to managing and using existing information: more intelligent and targeted; connecting the dots to protect EU citizens while also protecting data by design and by default."

The Commission is today also reporting on progress made on other security related priority files in its 12th Security Union report, taking stock of actions to deny terrorists the means to act, strengthen cyber resilience, counter radicalisation online and offline and build up the external security dimension.

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