The European Union toughens the visa control system


Евросоюз ужесточает систему визового контроля Border checks will be carried out according to the new algorithm.

The European Commission has proposed to strengthen the data validation and control framework of the visa system of the Schengen agreement.

Criminals and potential terrorists should not have the opportunity to get to Europe unnoticed, he said.

“Europe is not a fortress but we need to know who crosses our borders … to guarantee the safety of European citizens and to build a Europe that protects, and at the same time does not hinder the mobility of those who travel in the EU with good intentions,” said EU Commissioner for migration.

So Europe, according to Avramopoulos, should modernize the visa information system and give the guards more information about entering in the first place – the non-EU citizens.

As suggested by the developers of new concepts, all submitted for a Schengen visa documents must be checked with the data of the criminal police, immigration and anti-terrorist services.

Furthermore, it should be clarified that they didn’t use the giver different names in order to enter the EU. However, how this can be done, not reported.

It is also planned to create a unified database where data will be stored on all persons ever requesting a Schengen visa. There will be included information about issued to non-EU citizens residence permits and long term visas. It is assumed that the border guards of the EU and the security forces will get easier access to this database.

“We want to modernize the visa information system to allow members to exchange information in respect of holders of long term visas and residence permits, and to impose on these individuals check for safety,” stressed Avramopoulos.

The leadership of the EU thinking on the modernization of the visa system after the investigation of the terrorist attacks that occurred in recent years in Europe, it became clear that the terrorists, many of whom were already wanted in various countries of the European Union, almost freely traveled to Syria and other hot spots, and then came back.


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