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Parliamentary questions
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17 February 2016
Answer given by Mr Avramopoulos on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-015105/2015

The Eurodac system is a biometric database that stores information on irregular third-country nationals and asylum-seekers in the EU. The Eurodac Regulation's primary purpose is to facilitate the application of the Dublin Regulation by providing fingerprint evidence to establish the identity of an asylum-seeker or irregular third-country national or stateless person. This is why Article 17 of the Eurodac Regulation is not mandatory. However where fingerprints are taken for this purpose they are only compared with asylum data stored in Eurodac given the limitations on the scope of the regulation. It should be noted that trafficking in human beings is different from irregular migration or the smuggling of irregular migrants.

The Schengen Information System (SIS) contains alerts on third-country nationals who should be refused entry or stay including irregular migrants for whom an entry ban has been issued. When available, photographs and fingerprints must be added to these alerts. In addition, the Commission is exploring the possibility to include return decisions issued in accordance with the Return Directive(1) into the SIS which would ensure their enforcement at EU level.

The Commission is aware of the existing gaps in monitoring the illegal stay and the effective return of third-country nationals who do not or no longer have the right to stay on the territory of the EU. As indicated in the EU Action Plan on return,(2) the Commission is currently exploring the possible extension of the scope and purpose of the Eurodac Regulation, to enable the use of data for wider migration purposes such as return purposes.

(1)Directive 2008/115/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16.12.2008 on common standards and procedures in Member States for returning illegally staying third-country nationals (OJ L 348, 24.12.2008, p. 98‐107).

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