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Commission Accepts The Adoption Of The European Travel Information And Authorization System (ETIAS)

The European Parliament has finally agreed to establish the European Travel Information and Authorization. This agreement also strengthens eu-LISA's mandate, which is the agency for the operational management of large scale IT systems in freedom, security, and justice.

The commission tendered the legislative proposals for ETIAS visa in November 2016 and that of the eu-Lisa in June 2017. They were both recognized as political priorities under the Joint Declaration on the European Union's priorities for 2018-2019. The final adoption was welcomed by Dimitris Avramopoulos and Julian King, the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs, and Citizenship, and the Commissioner for the Security Union, respectively.

In the words of Commissioner Avramopoulos, "When this commission was established, all we wanted to do was deliver a Europe that offers protection – and today, we are closer to achieving that goal, with a stronger eu-LISA, we can have an information systems center for security, migration, and borders. The new ETIAS visa will also bridge the gap on visa-free travelers. We will, from now, be able to identify anybody who poses a security or migratory risk before they can get to the EU borders. It will also facilitate the travel of bonafide travelers.”

The Security Union's commissioner, Julian King, also had this to say; "We need to make available to our police officers and border guards, the right tools so they can continue to carry out their jobs of keeping the borders secure and our citizens safe. With ETIAS, visa-free visitors will be pre-screened to know if they threaten security, and the reinforced eu-LISA will ensure that there is a modernized information system for border management and law enforcement."

One important thing that everybody should know is that the ETIAS authorization is not a visa. Once its operation kicks in, its job will be to pre-screen visa-free travelers in the Schengen area before they are allowed to travel and check if they pose any security or migration threats. Before getting to the EU borders, travelers must have an ETIAS authorization alongside their valid travel documents.

Features of ETIAS

  • It is fast, straightforward and affordable

Before travelers can visit countries in the Schengen zone, they have to request ETIAS authorization. It does not take up to ten minutes to complete the application form online, and more than 95% of applications get automatic approval. For travelers aged between 18 and 70, they are required to pay a one-time fee of €7. Once the authorization is issued, it is valid for three years.

  • It cross-checks the entire EU information systems

ETIAS checks all the data that visa-exempt travelers have submitted. It goes further to cross-check this data against the EU information systems database for migration, security and borders as well as the Visa Information System (VIS), the Schengen Information System (SIS), Interpol and Europol. If all the data matches one another, the ETIAS Central Unit will then verify the application manually.

  • Rules for Refusals are Clear

If an ETIAS visa authorization application is rejected, the applicant will be told the reason for refusal with the right to appeal the refusal.

Features of The Upgraded eu-LISA

  1. It will help in the development and maintenance of new EU information systems for security, migration, and border management.
  2. It will upgrade existing systems such as the Eurodac, which it is currently responsible for, Visa Information System (VIS) and the Schengen Information System (SIS) and.
  3. It is responsible for interoperability as it ensures that technical solutions are in place for the efficient interaction of all the EU information systems. It is also responsible for making sure border guards and police can access these systems.

The Council will now adopt the two approved texts, and they will be signed into law by the European Parliament and the rotating Presidency of the Council.