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Southern Adriatic Ports To Adopt New EU Legislation To Strengthen Border Control Procedures

Southern Adriatic ports to adopt new EU legislation to strengthen border control procedures

Southern Adriatic Ports To Adopt New EU Legislation To Strengthen Border Control Procedures

Bari, Italy (PortSEurope) July 16, 2019 – The ports of the southern Adriatic are among the first to adapt to the new European Union legislation to strengthen border control procedures, thanks to the impressive state-of-the-art technological equipment they possess.

Pesident Ugo Patroni Griffi of Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Meridionale (AdSP – Southern Adriatic Sea Port Authority) has met with the leaders of the Border Police of Puglia-Abruzzo-Molise and the leaders of the State Police, Border Police offices, of the ports that fall within the AdSP to define representing the technological-structural adjustments to which the Port Authority is proceeding to adapt the airports to the new European legislation.

This is a new system called Entry / Exit System (EES), modern and efficient, for the control of the perimeter borders of the Union that will be made operational by 2020.

EES aims to record in a single database for the whole of Europe the entry and exit information for people of third-country nationalities crossing the external borders of the Schengen area. The ultimate goal, as stated by the EU, is to reinforce and protect the external perimeter of the so-called Schengen area, in order to increase the security of European citizens.

The system integrates with others existing today such as, mainly, SIS (Schengen Information System) and VIS (Visa Information System), allowing the creation of a more streamlined model shared between the countries that adhere to the Schengen treaty.

Through the introduction of EES, in fact, it will be possible to carry out checks and automatic checks for legitimate visitors from non-EU countries and will ensure much stricter and faster methods to combat irregular immigration; will allow for the creation of a central database for visitor movements arriving and crossing the EU’s external borders.

The key technology adopted in EES is based on biometric facial and fingerprint recognition, with a cross-reference in real time with the central archive: this system will be put into operation from 2020 not only in airports but also in ports of access to Schengen area. Furthermore, on the basis of a hierarchical structure of the databases (Member State-European Union), the interoperability function between EES and VIS will be implemented, allowing police authorities and Europol real-time access for the possible identification of criminals and intelligence activities, increasing the perception of security and countering, more effectively, international terrorism.

A preliminary technical feasibility analysis has already been carried out in the ports of Bari and Brindisi, on the basis of which it emerged that, thanks to the impressive technological infrastructure with which they have been equipped, the adjustment required by the Border Police can be easily carried out , in the face of modest interventions.

Source: Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Meridionale (AdSP – Southern Adriatic Sea Port Authority)

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