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Cablegate: Follow Up On Eu Border Security Systems

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SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EUR/ERA AND CA
DHS FOR OIA
JUSTICE FOR OIA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CA CMGT CVIS EUN PINR PREL PTER
SUBJECT: FOLLOW UP ON EU BORDER SECURITY SYSTEMS
(C-NC8-00244)

REF: STATE 13508

1. In response to reftel, Post has prepared the following
information on the status of the European Union's proposed
Electronic Travel Authorization System (ETSA), planned
updates to the Schengen Information System, and planned Visa
Information System. Each component is described below.

2. Status of EU Proposal to Establish an EU Electronic Travel
Authorization. In a February 2008 communication the European
Commission stated it would begin investigating the
feasibility of an electronic system of travel authorization
(ESTA). The ESTA would be required for all third-country
nationals not subject to visa requirements. These passengers
would be required to provide data identifying the traveler
and providing passport and travel details. This would allow
the EU to ensure the person fulfilled entry conditions,
without requiring a full visa interview. The Commission will
launch a study on the feasibility of this program in 2008.
At this point there is no reaction from the European
Parliament because no legislation has been proposed.

3. The Status of the Development and Implementation of the
Visa Information System, Including its Biometric Components.
The European Visa Information System (VIS) is planned to be
fully operational in 2012, and will be used in consular
sections and border crossing points. The system will use
biometrics (both facial images and fingerprints) to verify
the authenticity of both the visa and its holder. The
European Parliament and the European Council adopted an EC
regulation on the VIS in early 2008.

4. Schengen Information System II. The implementation of the
Schengen Information System II (SIS II) has been postponed
until September 2009. This system will include information
on persons who are wanted for an arrest, third-country
nationals who should be refused entry to the EU, missing
persons, witnesses, persons required to appear before
judicial authorities, persons or vehicles put under
surveillance, and certain stolen, or lost objects such as
vehicles, firearms, identity documents, or bank notes. SIS
II will include the full name (including aliases), physical
characteristics, place and date of birth, sex, photographs,
fingerprints, nationality(ies), whether the person is
considered armed or dangerous, reason for alert, and a
reference to the decision giving rise to the alert.
The SIS II system will be connected to national SIS systems
and be able to interface between the national systems. In
addition, the system will provide an encrypted virtual
network for the exchange of data between member state
authorities.

5. Per requests in reftel, Post is continuing to research the
status of European Union consideration of an entry/exit
system and the relationship between the improved SIS II and
the handling and tracking of student visa holders.

MURRAY
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