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EU Border Agency Ready to Support Member States With Entry-Exit System

Months before the European Union’s entry-exit system goes into operation to strengthen internal security and fully modernize external border management, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) has announced that it is ready to support member states in implementing the system.

Member states will have to adapt border management procedures and infrastructure at border crossing points before the system becomes operational, and the Border Agency intends to assist them in this regard.

In a press release issued on Friday, February 18, Frontex announced that it has identified several areas in which it will be able to support the national authorities of member states to enforce order, among other things, through pilot projects, training and advice to border control authorities.

Frontex can purchase and organize pilot projects at border crossing points. Last year, such experiments were organized in Bulgaria and Spain. The exercise simulated the future EES environment by collecting and processing travel documents and biometric data from travelers who volunteered to participate in the pilot program in full compliance with fundamental rights and personal data protection measures,” the agency notes.

Here are some other ways in which Frontex will contribute to the implementation of the Eastern European Plan by member states:

Training of national border guards Advise on national training plans and procedures.

Furthermore, the agency is working on a practical toolkit for all border guards officers across Europe, which will help them roll out the new system.

The EES, which is due to be fully operational by the end of the year, is a new EU border system that will centralize and store information about external border crossings, including the name of a non-European traveler, biometric data as well as the date, time and place of entry or exit. . All such information will be collected and stored in full compliance with fundamental rights and data protection.

Through this system, the EU intends to make it easier to cross the border for frequent travelers while also discovering people who have stayed in the Schengen area illegally. The system will also assist Member States in identifying and documenting terrorists and other individuals who commit identity fraud.

In October last year, eu-LISA opened the registration period for air carriers, shipping companies and international carriers that transport groups by road by bus, and they can now register for the EES and the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS).

The latter is a scheme whereby travelers from more than 60 countries in the world who can currently enter the European Union without a visa must obtain a travel permit in order to be able to travel to the Schengen area.

According to eu-LISA, the European Union agency for the operational management of large-scale information technology systems in the field of freedom, security and justice, by registering carriers will be able to receive the necessary information in order to prepare for these two systems.

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