New European information systems

In addition to the existing European information systems, the European Union (EU) will implement a number of new systems for border surveillance and judicial tasks. In addition, several existing European systems are being adapted. These new systems and functionalities will be introduced gradually in the coming years.

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New systems

There will be 3 new European information systems:

  • Entry Exit System (EES): a registration system in which persons from third countries are registered when crossing the EU’s external borders. The aim is to combat illegal immigration and regulate migration flows. In addition, the system can contribute to the prevention, detection and investigation of terrorism and other serious crimes.
  • European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS): a system that records information on travellers from third countries who do not have to apply for EU visas. The aim is to verify that someone meets the entry requirements before that person enters the Schengen area.
  • European Criminal Records Information System — Third Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN): a centralised system to identify which Member States have information on convictions of persons from third countries and stateless persons. The aim is to enable information on convictions in other Member States to be taken into account in new criminal proceedings.

New functionalities

The main new functionality is that the competent national and European authorities can request information on specific persons in the different European information systems through a single search portal. It is therefore no longer necessary to search separately in all information systems.