The European Union Council has officially endorsed an updated timeline for the deployment and interoperability of its information systems. These systems are pivotal for member states in their efforts to combat crime, manage migration flows, and ensure border control.
eu-LISA, the EU agency responsible for IT systems in the domains of migration, security, and justice, alongside the Commission, has briefed ministers regarding these changes. The EU’s commitment to bolstering its security and migration management is evident in the establishment of several information systems. These are designed to assist judicial, police, and border authorities in their operations.
Among the notable systems is Eurodac, a database that stores digitalized fingerprints, aiding in the efficient management of asylum applications. The Schengen Information System (SIS) is another significant tool, serving as an information-sharing platform for the management of external borders.
In addition to these existing systems, the EU is in the midst of deploying new tools to further streamline its processes. The Entry/Exit System, set to replace the traditional manual passport stamping method with an electronic registration, is one such initiative. Another is the ETIAS, an online travel authorization system. This system will cater to visa-exempt third-country nationals traveling to 30 European nations.
As per the newly endorsed roadmap, the Entry/Exit System is slated to be operational by Autumn 2024. Meanwhile, the ETIAS is expected to be up and running by Spring 2025.
This move by the EU Council underscores its dedication to enhancing security measures and facilitating smoother migration management across its member states.