European Commission Submits a Proposal for Enlarging and Improving the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS)

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Friday, January 29, 2016
Michael Plachta
On January 19, 2016, the European Commission submitted its proposal aimed at facilitating the exchange of criminal records of non-EU citizens in the EU by upgrading the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS). Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, presented the proposal to the Informal Justice and Home Affairs Council on January 26, 2016 in Amsterdam. She said: “ECRIS is an important tool against cross-border crime, as it enables Member States to exchange information on previous convictions anywhere in the EU. By including fingerprints of non-EU citizens we will have a strong tool to tackle the use of false identities”.