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The Commission proposes new Schengen Information System (SIS II)

The Commission proposed on 1 June to introduce an updated version of the Schengen Information System (SIS) – called SIS II – which aims to integrate new Member States as users. Improved cooperation and efficiency in the area of security throughout the Schengen area is the primary objective behind the initiative.

15/02/2006 :: The flexibility of SIS II will elevate the flow of information across the 13 EU Member States and Norway and Iceland, which have removed their internal border controls as part of the Schengen Agreement, and consequently, assist the European law enforcement community in their efforts.

Since the introduction of the original SIS in 1995, the database has enabled national police authorities to access and share information with law enforcement agencies in other Schengen-countries.

By harmonising the conditions for issuing alerts on third-country nationals SIS II will have an increased capability to disseminate immediate European Arrest Warrants across European Member States.

SIS II will further include improved storage capability for biometric information, such as fingerprints and visual ID, which will enhance the efficiency of the current system and help avoid the problem of misidentification.

Central storage of biometric data and extradition orders also aims to improve the cooperative efforts between police and judicial authorities across countries associated with the Schengen Agreement.

Adoption of the second generation of SIS is a required condition for new Member States to utilise the Schengen Acquis from 2007 and for the removal of internal border controls.

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