EC proposes European Travel Information and Authorisation System to strengthen security checks

The European Commission is proposing to establish a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) designed to strengthen security checks on visa-free travellers. The ETIAS will gather information on all those travelling visa-free to the European Union to allow for advance irregular migration and security checks. This will contribute to a more efficient management of the EU’s external borders and improve internal security, while at the same time facilitating legal travel across Schengen borders.

First EC vice-president Frans Timmermans explained: “Securing our borders and protecting our citizens is absolutely our first priority. The ETIAS will close an information gap by cross-checking visa-exempt applicants’ information against all of our other systems. At the same time, the future ETIAS will be easy, quick, cheap and effective.”

Identity, biometrics and Advanced Passenger Information (API) at the Border will be some of the key subjects addressed at next year’s World Border Security Congress to be held in Morocco from 21-23 March. Two open discussions in the programmes are as follows:

Identity and Biometrics at the Border: Compliance, Application and Implementation
Ease of travel for bona fide travellers hasn’t become less burdensome. Rather, it has become more complicated despite new technologies such as biometrics and e-visas. How can biometrics be implemented in compliance with legal, privacy and data protection requirements and be more effectively applied and integrated with trusted traveller programmes and other data sources to ensure the integrity of the traveller and speed up the travel process?

Standardisation of Systems and Making API Work
There are many trusted traveller programmes available, yet few of them integrate and communicate to create a more global benefit around passenger clearance and information sharing. Standardisation of systems hasn’t occurred despite lots of talk at ICAO and IATA. Is it possible for such standardisation to take place, then, and how might API and PNR sharing be made to work more effectively?

Confirmed speakers discussing these topics include:

*Josef Iroko (General Legal Counsel Board Secretary, Ghana National Identification Authority, Ghana)
*Don Enrique Belda Esplugues (Deputy Director General of Communications and Information Systems for Security, Ministry of the Interior, Spain)
*Ben Ball (Government Market Director, Crossmatc)
*Mam Sait Jallow (Regional Director, ICAO, WACAF Office)
*Andrew Priestley (Border Management Solutions Manager, Rockwell Collins)

The World Border Security Congress is a high-level three-day event whose participants will discuss and debate current and future policies, implementation issues and challenges as well as new and developing technologies that contribute towards safe and secure border and migration management.

Supported by the Ministry of the Interior in Morocco, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the European Association for Airport and Seaport Police (EAASP), the International Security Industry Organisation, the National Security and Resilience Consortium and the International Association of CIP Professionals, the World Border Security Congress is the premier multi-jurisdictional transnational platform where the border protection sector’s managers and the security industry’s policy-makers and practitioners convene on an annual basis to discuss the international challenges faced when it comes to protecting borders.

*For the full World Border Security Congress programme, information on speakers and more details about the event itself visit: www.world-border-congress.com

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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