Zovko on establishment of the Entry/Exit System (EES) for registration of entry and exit data of third country nationals crossing the external EU borders
Strasbourg, 25 October 2017 – Member of the European Parliament Željana Zovko has participated today in the plenary session on establishment of the Entry/Exit System (EES) for registration of entry and exit data of third country nationals crossing the external EU borders.
Zovko pointed out in her address that the member-countries on the external EU borders should have a special treatment in the regulation, considering that they are particularly exposed to security threats due to the long border they have with the third countries and due to their exposure to other threats coming from those countries. She further mentioned that certain weaknesses from the aspect of implementation of the regulation might jeopardize the EU security to a significant extent.
“The key weakness of the regulation proposal is unequal treatment of all countries in the process of the mechanism application. Namely, the proposal envisages the mechanism to be immediately applied in Schengen countries and only later in the countries on the external EU borders, including Croatia.“ – said Zovko.
Zovko further pointed out that the application of the regulation in the member-countries which are not in Schengen area might result in a lack of possibility of registration of third country nationals and that any weaknesses might pose a threat to countries on the external EU borders, their citizens, but also to everyone else.
“Unequal application of the regulation, resp., its delayed implementation in the countries on the external EU borders, which wait for full-membership status in Schengen area, will expose those countries to additional security threats. Therefore, the approach to implementation of the regulations should be reconsidered.“ – said Zovko at the end of her address.