24 April 2018
Revamping the Schengen Information System: trilogue documents on police cooperation, border checks and returns
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All the measures are being discussed in secret trilogue meetings between the Council, Parliament and European Commission - an efficient but decidedly anti-democratic method of decision-making.
On 22 March the Court of Justice of the EU handed down an important judgment on the openness of trilogues (Case T-540/15 De Capitani v Parliament) which should help to bring more transparency to a process which is currently shrouded in secrecy. See: Briefing: Another step towards ending EU law-making through secret trilogue meetings (pdf) by Tony Bunyan, March 2018.
Between 70-80% of all EU legislative measures adopted are negotiated through trilogues. The European Parliament's civil liberties committee (LIBE) is today due to discuss the implications of that judgment.
The text on police cooperation includes 'Article 36 alerts', concerning "persons and objects for discreet checks, inquiry checks or specific checks," which are used to track the movements of wanted persons or 'persons of interest' to the authorities across the Schengen area.
According to the document, the current content has been "provisionally agreed at political trilogue on 12 April 2018 subject to further fine-tuning at technical level."
Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the establishment, operation and use of the Schengen Information System (SIS) in the field of police cooperation and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, amending Regulation (EU) No 515/2014 and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1986/2006, Council Decision 2007/533/JHA and Commission Decision 2010/261/EU (pdf)
Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the establishment, operation and use of the Schengen Information System (SIS) in the field of border checks, amending Regulation (EU) No 515/2014 and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1987/2006(pdf)
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