EU justice chief proposes enhanced border security initiatives Alexis Unkovic at 3:11 PM ET
[JURIST] EU Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security Franco Frattini [official profile] Wednesday unveiled a comprehensive new border management package [press release; news conference recorded audio] on behalf of the European Commission. The border security improvement initiative includes proposals for the creation of a European Border Surveillance System [press release] to prevent unauthorized border crossings and the development of new tools for an integrated European Border Management Strategy [press release, DOC]. Frattini also proposed an entry/exit system and the introduction of automated border crossing facilities for bona fide travelers. If approved, travelers in and out of the 27-member EU may have to submit fingerprints or other biometric identifiers at borders. The EU Parliament and Council of Ministers must approve the measures before they can become law.
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