Migration and Home Affairs

'Smart Borders': enhancing mobility and security

Thursday, 28 February, 2013

The EU is moving towards more modern and efficient border management by using state-of-the-art technology. Today, the Commission proposed a 'smart border package' to speed-up, facilitate and reinforce border check procedures for foreigners travelling to the EU.

The package consists of:

  • A Registered Traveller Programme (RTP) to allow certain groups of frequent travellers from third countries to enter the EU using simplified border checks.
  • An Entry/Exit System (EES) to record the time and place of entry and exit of third country nationals travelling to the EU.

As a whole non-EU residents contributed €271 billion to economy when travelling to the EU in 2011. Business travellers, workers on short term contracts, researchers and students, third country nationals with close family ties to EU citizens or living in regions bordering the EU are all likely to cross the borders several times a year. Making it as easy as possible for them to come to the EU would ensure that Europe remains an attractive destination and help boosting economic activity and job creation.

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