Easing police access to IT systems, securing borders
30 June, 2017
Delivering on its commitment to ensure interoperability and address the existing shortcomings of EU information systems for security and border management, the Commission proposed last Thursday certain important steps, the EU press service reported. As a first step, the Commission plans to strengthen the mandate of the Agency for the operational management of large scale IT systems (eu-LISA), enabling it to develop and roll out the technical solutions to make the EU information systems interoperable. The reform will give eu-LISA a mandate to develop the necessary technical solutions to achieve interoperability.
“Our border guards, law enforcement and immigration officers need to have access to the right information at the right time to do their job. The security of our citizens depends on the quality and availability of this information,” Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said. “We have a range of databases to help us fight terrorism and manage our borders but our systems can only be as strong and effective as the data with which they are fed,” Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King added. “With today's proposals we are giving police, prosecutors and judges stronger tools against cross-border crime and terrorism,” Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova pointed out.
In addition, the Commission is also proposing further improvements to the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS) to allow Member States to exchange criminal records of non-EU citizens more efficiently.