30 November 2021
The controversial expansion and extension of the Eurodac database is moving ahead, with compromise proposals circulated by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council last week. The legislation would extend Eurodac from a system concerned with supporting the implementation of the EU's asylum rules, to a more general "migration management" database, with a big emphasis on providing data for deportations.
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The compromise proposals are mainly made up of articles intended to ensure that Eurodac is 'interoperable' with other EU databases, in particular the Visa Information System (VIS), European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) and Common Identity Repository (CIR).
The connections between different systems will be used to screen visa and travel authorisation applicants, and the inclusion of new data categories in Eurodac is designed to make it simpler to carry out deportations of people deemed to have no right to stay in the EU.
See: NOTE from: Presidency to: Delegations: Amended proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the establishment of 'Eurodac' (Council doc. 14084/21, LIMITE, 23 November 2021, pdf):
"1. Delegations will find in Annex Presidency compromise suggestions on the amended proposal for the Eurodac Regulation, based on the comments made at the informal meeting of JHA Counsellors on 15 November 2021.
2. Modifications as compared to the Commission proposal are indicated as follows:
– new Presidency text is in bold underline;
– deleted Presidency text is in bold strikethrough.
The proposal which the proposals concern (and which itself amends a proposal originally put forward in 2016) is available here.
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