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

by Brian Sims

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

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