European information systems

The Member States of the European Union (EU) exchange (personal) data to control the borders of the Schengen area and for the performance of police duties and judicial tasks. Such as issuing visas, determining which Member State is examining an asylum application or detecting and prosecuting criminal offences. The competent authorities in the Member States (such as police, investigative services and judicial authorities) exchange this data through different information systems.

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  1. General information

The following systems to exchange information are in place:

The EU is also implementing a number of new information systems. In addition, several existing systems are being adapted.


European information systems process (sensitive) personal data. Incorrect processing can have major consequences for people.

It is therefore important that the use of these systems is properly monitored. The protection of personal data is a fundamental right.

This supervision of European information systems is the responsibility of the European data protection authorities, including the Dutch Data Protection Authority (AP).