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Interconnecting Europe's policing and border control databases: High-Level Expert Group interim report
23.12.16
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An interim report by the chair of the European Commission's 'High Level Expert Group on Information Systems and Interoperability' sets out the group's work so far, along with "interim findings and possible ways forward" on the interconnection (or not) of EU justice and home affairs databases and information systems - for example the Schengen Information System (SIS); the Visa Information System (VIS); Eurodac; and the proposed Entry/Exit System and European Travel Information (EES) and Authorisation System (ETIAS).

The key suggestions focus on data quality, the establishment of "a single-search functionality" for officials to access numerous databases at the same time; setting up a "shared biometric matching service"; examining whether a "common repository of data" is feasible and proportionate; and promoting the use of a Universal Message Format.

See: High-level expert group on information systems and interoperability set up by the European Commission: Interim report by the chair of the high-level expert group (pdf)

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