Parliament set to back mandatory checks at EU external borders
All EU citizens and third country nationals entering or leaving the EU are to be checked against databases, e.g. of lost and stolen documents, under a draft regulation to be voted on Thursday. This regulation, already informally agreed with the Council, would also require EU member states to check that travellers do not represent a threat to public policy and internal security.
The proposed regulation, which would amend the Schengen Borders Code (SBC), was presented by the European Commission in December 2015. It is a response to terrorist threats in Europe, and in particular the phenomenon of “foreign fighters” from the EU seeking to join terror groups such as Daesh in Syria and Iraq.
Procedure: ordinary legislative procedure
Debate: Wednesday, 15 February
Vote: Thursday, 16 February
Press conference: Wednesday, 15 February, 14.30