The European Commission welcomed the European Parliament’s adoption of its proposal to create an Entry/Exit System to register non-EU nationals crossing the external borders of EU member states.

The European Commission on October 25 issued the following statement: “Today’s vote reflects the political commitment of the European Parliament to swiftly deliver on this priority file. It is an important step towards achieving more effective border management and better oversight of who is crossing the EU’s external borders – and the Commission warmly welcomes this decision.”

As Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker recalled in his Letter of Intent accompanying his State of the Union Address in September, the Entry/Exit System is a priority initiative which will modernise the management of the EU external border and contribute to the fight against terrorism and serious crime.

The new system will replace the stamping of passports and will allow for an increased automation of border controls, improved detection of document and identity fraud as well as better monitoring of unauthorised short stays of non-EU nationals.

The Entry/Exit System will also close an important information gap and will contribute to achieving full interoperability of EU information systems by 2020, in full respect of fundamental rights and data protection rules.

According to the Commission, the Entry/Exit System “represents further concrete action towards making our borders even stronger, smarter and more secure. The Commission is now looking forward to the Council continuing to deliver on this political priority, so that the system can be up and running by 2020 at the latest.”

The final text of the proposal now needs to be adopted by the European Council.