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Schengen information system to be modernized

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMembers of the European Parliament have approved three EU laws that improve the Schengen information system – the most widely used database for security and border governance in Europe, as reported by EP press-secretary in Latvia Signe Znotiņa-Znota.

National authorities will have to share information regarding terrorist attacks and people hunted by authorities for committing serious crimes; preventive reports on children with a risk of being abducted, especially if parents are involved; and reported on unprotected people.

Exchange of information also applies to decisions to return illegal immigrants from non-EU countries to their home countries.

Currently border guards, police, customs, court and migration institutions have access to the Schengen information system. Following this reform, access to the system will be provided to Europol, European Parliament reports.

Rules for border inspections were approved with 530 votes in favour, 50 against and 60 abstaining. THe law on police and court cooperation was supported by 555 MEPs, whereas 67 voted against and 20 abstaining. As for rules regarding third country nationals that stay in EU illegally was supported by 500 MEPs voting in favour, 103 against and 41 abstaining.

Both EU legislators – European Parliament and European Council (member states ministers) – agreed in talks regarding Schengen information system. The only thing remaining is the formal green light from EU Council.


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