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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Interoperability between EU information systems in the field of police and judicial cooperation, asylum and migration - Interoperability between EU information systems in the field of borders and visa (debate)

  Diane James (EFDD). – Mr President, well the EU is, as ever, focused on control. What better mechanism, and latest example, but the one we have before us this evening? Along with other colleagues who have already spoken, I’m going to argue that this approach is both misguided and misdirected. Even worse, it is actually cost inefficient. The projected cost of this legislation to the European Union taxpayer is projected to be EUR 460 million. Compare that to the amount spent by the United States of America, with a similar population, on protecting the internal security of its citizens.

This, everybody, is a mere drop in the ocean, and if the European Union is serious, then a serious, detailed and transparent budget must be proposed. Some of you have already highlighted another concern of mine, which is the quality of the data. Establishing a European search portal to centralise biographical and biometric data is wholly dependent on the quality of the information submitted. We have numerous instances of crime perpetrators destroying their identification, removing all or any traceability, and thus any accountability for their actions.

False European Union passports, we know, are on sale on the black market and they exist in various forms on a very large scale. As for data ownership, has anyone in the Commission – or even at Council level – really considered how 500 million European Union citizens feel about their personal data being collated, managed and accessed in this manner? I am hopeful that the European Union does not envisage a police state, but the question has to be posed, does it?

Finally, I will remind you that the European Union’s sacrosanct pillar of human rights is under siege here. This proposed legislation delivers nothing more than EU control where sovereign nation would suffice.

Last updated: 28 June 2019Legal notice