Strengthening security checks at Europe’s borders 

A common electronic system to speed up checks at the Schengen area’s external and register all non-EU travellers will be debated and voted on Wednesday.

The new Entry/Exit System (EES) will register information (such as name, fingerprints, facial image, date and place) on entry, exit and refusal of entry of non-EU nationals, both for travellers requiring a visa and for visa-exempt travellers who cross the external borders of the Schengen area or those of Bulgaria and Romania. The data will be kept for 90 days.

EES would also make it easier to check that the authorised duration of a short stay - 90 days in any 180 day period - is respected.

The system will replace the stamping of passports and speed up border crossings, while making it easier to detect over-stayers and document or identity fraud. Data on people who are refused entry will be stored for three years to prevent their arrival via a different border.

Parliament will vote on an informal deal which was reached in negotiations with Council on 30 June.

Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure


Debate/vote:  Wednesday, 25 October

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