Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 289

Schengen governance and technology: MEPs and experts to debate state of play

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 marzo 2013

Plans for reforming the rules governing the Schengen border check-free area, its current functioning and possible enlargement will be debated at a Civil Liberties Committee hearing on Schengen and border management on Wednesday and Thursday. Other issues to be discussed include the latest technological developments and the new “smart border” proposals.Free movement of citizens, considered one of the main achievements of the European integration, is today ensured in an area encompassing EU member states (except for the UK, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania), Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.The hearing on Schengen will start on Wednesday at 17.00 with the state of play regarding Schengen governance, including an intervention by European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström, and Irish Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter.It will continue the next day at 9.00 with a state of play on technology, including the Schengen Information System (SIS) II, the Visa Information System (VIS) and biometric passports as well as further developments including the latest proposals on smart borders.

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