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20 Dec 2018

EU Council Agrees to Amend Visa Information System Regulation, in a Bid to Enhance Security

Visa Information SystemThe European Union Council has agreed on Wednesday, December 19, to negotiate the mandate of the Visa Information System (VIS), in a bid to strengthen security in the Schengen Area. The EU ambassadors agreed on the upgrade of the VIS, which was previously proposed by the European Commission in May this year. The proposal was then passed to the EU Council.

The Visa Information System is the Schengen Database that contains information on persons that apply for Schengen visas. These changes have been proposed with the aim of a better responding to the evolving challenges on security and migration as well as to improve the management of EU’s external borders.

Herbert Kickl, Minister of the Interior of Austria, said that the EU is responsible to make sure that those coming to Europe do not pose a threat to the citizens of the EU.

“We have a duty to ensure that those coming into the European Union do not pose a threat to our citizens and are not using false pretenses to get round existing migration rules. The new VIS rules will help improve security, especially via the registration of long-stay visa and residence permit applications in the system,” he said.

The main purposes behind the amending regulation are:

  • To further strengthen the security of the short-stay visa procedure
  • To include long-stay visas and residence permits in the database
  • To ensure interoperability between the VIS and other relevant EU systems and databases

According to a press release of the European Council  the new rules would allow authorities to check the personal data provided against relevant security and migration databases, for example Eurodac, the Entry-Exit System and Interpol’s stolen and lost travel documents database.

“The consultation of these databases would be automatically launched by the VIS, while any hits resulting from the check would be manually assessed by the responsible authority, who will decide on the appropriate follow-up,” the press release reads.

It also clarifies that the access of Europol and law enforcement authorities to VIS data, currently regulated under a 2008 Council decision, would also be integrated into the VIS regulation.

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