EU external border management gets an upgrade

The Entry-Exit System will replace some of the manual work done by border guards while reducing the risk of counterfeit official document stamps.

Leading role for biometrics

Law enforcement agencies around the globe have been embracing the possibilities of biometric technology for a long time. The first fingerprint for criminal identification was taken in 1892 in Argentina. Nowadays, police forces are challenged to become more efficient.

At the frontline, first responders need to rely on speed and accuracy in stressful situations. Biometric technology needs to evolve to facilitate effective law enforcement in the field.

The battle against crime

By making external borders EES compliant, the EU Member States will be able to identify any irregularities in migration much faster. A register of cross-border movements improves the battle against illegal border crossing, human trafficking, and organised criminal activities.

Key objectives for EU Member States

Refusal of entry

EES wil register refusal of entry data of third-country nationals crossing the external borders of the Schengen States.

Maximum duration

It will inform third-country nationals of the duration of their authorised stay.

Law enforcement

By being linked to international law enforcement databases, EES will support the identification of suspects and victims.

From passport stamps to self-service terminals

The rapid increase in third-country nationals visiting the Schengen Area requires a human approach. The process of collecting passport stamps might fall away as the needs of travellers evolve. Shorter lines at immigration help reduce stress and make the journey from A to B more pleasant.

The interaction at the border is crucial for a seamless and safe experience. Modernising this process by automating checks and introducing self-service terminals will speed up the time taken for passengers crossing the border, making access to the Schengen Area more welcoming.