• The external borders of the European Union will become biometric by 2021.
Third-country travelers are those from outside the Schengen area.

EU borders to become biometric by '21

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 10:33

The European Entry/Exit System (EES) will make you wish you were better prepared

All of the external borders of the European Union (EU) are to become biometric by 2021, which effectively requires authorities to register all travelers to the EU from third countries: a tremendous challenge, to say the least.

All entry events of so-called “third country travelers” – inbound travel by individuals from outside the Schengen area – will have to be recorded and saved to a European database, which poses an unprecedented challenge for the EU.

What is the EES?

An Entry/Exit System (EES) is being developed by the Agency in order to further improve the management of the external borders and, in particular, to verify compliance on the authorized period of stay on the territory of the Member States.

With the migratory pressure and the wave of attacks on Europe of the recent years, border management has become a top priority for the European Commission (EC).

Without entering the slippery streets of political conversation, one cannot but agree that the question of border-protection and immigration has become a leading subject of our everyday life, independently from where we live.

The system will electronically register the time and place of entry and exit of third-country nationals, and calculate the duration of their authorized stay. It will replace the obligation to stamp the passports of third-country nationals which is currently applicable to all Member States.

ARH does have a project for installing ABC gates, which are specifically needed to implement EES control.

The objectives of the EES include the prevention of irregular immigration and facilitate the management of migration flows. The EES will contribute to the identification of any person who does not fulfill or stopped fulfilling the conditions of authorized stay on the territory of the Member States. Additionally, the EES should contribute to the prevention, detection and investigation of terrorist offenses and other serious criminal offenses.

Find further details below – sign up to receive the detailed description of EES with reference to Frontex and relevant EU regulations.


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