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Interoperability of information systems for migration and security

Date of roadmap: 26/07/2017

Responding to the increase in irregular border crossings into the EU and the threat to Europe's internal security as demonstrated by terrorist attacks, the Commission presented in April 2016 a Communication Stronger and smarter information systems for borders and security (COM(2016) 205), initiating a discussion on how information systems in the European Union can better enhance border management and internal security.

As follow-up, the Commission set up in June 2016 a high-level expert group on information systems and interoperability to address the legal, technical and operational challenges to achieve interoperability. The high-level expert group was tasked to develop a joint strategy to make data management in the Union more effective and efficient, in full respect of data protection requirements, to better protect its external borders and enhance its internal security. Following the final report and recommendations of the high-level expert group in May 2017, the Commission announced, in the Seventh progress report towards an effective and genuine Security Union (COM(2017) 261), its intention to pursue work towards creating a European search portal capable of searching in parallel all relevant EU systems in the areas of borders, security and asylum, and to develop for these systems a shared biometric matching service and a common identity repository.

These recommendations are to be part of a legislative proposal on interoperability under a new approach to the management of data for borders and security. This initiative also responds to the Council's call for a comprehensive framework for law enforcement access to the various databases in the area of justice and home affairs, with a view to greater simplification, consistency, effectiveness and attention to operational needs. In addition, the European Council conclusions of June 2017 invited the Commission to prepare, as soon as possible, draft legislation enacting the recommendations made by the high-level expert group.

View the inception impact assessment for this initiative

The Inception impact assessment informs stakeholders and citizens about the initiative. Stakeholders are invited to provide feedback on the inception impact assessment within 4 weeks after its publication. Feedback can be provided in all official languages of the EU, may be published and taken into account by the Commission services when further developing the policy proposal.

Take part in the consultation activities

View the consultation strategy . The consultation strategy outlines the consultation objectives, maps the relevant stakeholders and explains which consultation methods and tools the European Commission is considering using in the course of the impact assessment. Please note that this document is provided for information only and does not commit the European Commission in any way.

To take part in the open public consultation, please visit the public consultation webpage . The public consultation will remain open until 19/10/2017.

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