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Schengen Information System for returns: latest trilogue document
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As part of its ongoing efforts to beef up the 'Security Union', the EU is establishing a new legal basis for the Schengen Information System which will increase the role that the database plays in deportations from the EU. The legal basis is currently being negotiated in secret 'trilogue' meetings between the Council, the Parliament and the Commission. Statewatch is today publishing the latest trilogue document showing the Commission's original proposal, the positions of the Council and the Parliament and any compromises that have been reached so far.

See: Four-column document: Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the use of the Schengen Information System for the return of illegally staying third-country nationals (pdf)

There is a key to the colour-coding included in the document. There is also text in purple, which represents changes between this trilogue document and the previous one.

On 22 March the Court of Justice of the EU handed down an important judgment on the openness of trilogues which should, in the future, help to bring more transparency to a process which is currently shrouded in secret - despite the fact that between 70-80% of all EU legislative measures adopted are negotiated through trilogues.

See: Briefing: Another step towards ending EU law-making through secret trilogue meetings (pdf) by Tony Bunyan, March 2018

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