Migration and Home Affairs

Public Consultation on the Smart Borders Package– have your say!

Today, the European Commission launches a public consultation on the "Smart Borders Package". The consultation is open until 29 October 2015.

What is the "Smart Borders Package"?

The Smart Borders Package is one of the priorities included in the European Agenda on Migration, which was adopted by the Commission on 13 May 2015.

It aims to improve the management of Schengen Member States’ external borders, fight against irregular migration and provide information on overstayers, as well as facilitate border crossings for pre-vetted frequent third country national (TCN) travellers.

The Commission is launching today a public consultation on the "Smart Borders Package" in order to collect views and opinions to underpin the on-going impact assessment of the Package and the policy preparation of the revised proposal that will be tabled by the Commission. Through the consultation, the Commission also wishes to gather new ideas and knowledge and to test existing ideas and analysis.

Who can take part in the consultation?

The consultation invites all citizens (EU nationals and non-EU nationals) and organisations to contribute. Contributions are sought from persons, Member States, EU institutions, local, regional and national authorities, international organisations, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, academic institutions, non-EU countries, social partners and civil society.

What are the questions?

The consultation aims to foster a debate and collect feedback on key issues such as:

  • the use of biometric identifiers;
  • the process to accelerate border crossing for non-EU citizens;
  • data collection at entry and exit of the Schengen area's external borders;
  • law enforcement authorities’ access to the Entry/Exit System data;
  • stamping of passports.

For more information:

Wednesday, 29 July, 2015