EU Proposes Second Generation of Schengen Information System

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Monday, August 1, 2005
Bruce Zagaris
On June 1, 2005, the European Commission presented three proposals to establish the second generation of the Schengen Information System (SIS II), which will supercede the current SIS. The SIS II will enable new EU Members to fully participate in the Schengen area so that travelers will no longer have to undergo border checks between new EU Members States and other EU partners. The SIS II will also help the law enforcement community deal with important security challenges, while its legal framework will guarantee a high level of protection for personal data stored in the system. The SIS is a common information system permitting cooperation between competent authorities in the Member States, allowing the exchange of information for the implementation of various policies in order to establish an area without internal border controls. The authorities, through an automatic query procedure, obtain information related to alerts on persons and objects, which is used for police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters. The information is also used for the control of persons at the external borders or on national territories and for the issuance of visas and residence permits. The central part of the SIS (C.SIS), which ensures that all participating Member States have the same information available to them, is currently managed by France and located in Strasbourg...[more]