ER Editor: The original two-page press release also reveals the following on why proper visa checks are likely not taking place:
Border guards do not always get timely and complete data from the systems. When they check a name, they may receive hundreds of results – mainly false positives, which they must verify manually. This not only makes border checks less efficient, but also increases the risk of overlooking real hits, say the auditors.
Someone of a cynical turn of mind might believe that the EU isn’t rushing to fix this problem anytime soon.
EU border controls are ‘still too weak’: Terrorists and criminals were among MILLIONS of foreigners allowed into EU without proper checks, report reveals
- Delayed or defective IT systems took the brunt of the blame, report has found
- Information is either not uploaded quickly enough or not cross-referenced
- Report examined five IT systems into which Brussels ploughed around £600m
Terrorists and dangerous criminals were potentially among millions of foreigners allowed into Europe without facing proper checks, a damning report has found.
More than half of the 951 border guards interviewed admitted they allow people into the EU’s Schengen area without running proper checks.
Delayed or defective IT systems took the brunt of the blame, with information about individuals either not uploaded quickly enough or not cross-referenced.
France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Greece issued nearly 18 million visas between October 2015 and September 2017, but only carried out 14 million checks, the report found.
Non-EU foreigners have to apply for visas in order to be allowed into the Schengen area, which has no internal borders. It comprises 26 states, but not the UK and Ireland.
The report by the European Court of Auditors examined five IT systems into which Brussels has ploughed around £600 million to try to strengthen the EU’s external borders. But it found that data available to border guards was patchy.
Inspectors also found that only ten member states could properly access the system holding biometric data such as fingerprints.
And France does not cross-reference the Passenger Names Record (PNR) system from flights entering the bloc with the Schengen Information System (SIS), which holds details of terrorists and other criminals.
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