Artur Champion, MTI correspondent means:
The plenary session of the European Parliament has been voted on Thursday by the European Parliament on the establishment of a EU passenger registration system, with third-country nationals entering the European Union only with a visa or a prior electronic entry permit (ETIAS).
An ETIAS similar to the US Electronic Passenger Registration System (ESTA) will allow ex-ante checks and, if necessary, refusal to issue a travel authorization for third-country nationals with a visa-free status who wish to enter the Schengen area. It is planned that the system will contribute to strengthening internal security, preventing illegal immigration, protecting public health and shortening the border crossing by identifying those who may be at risk from some point of view.
Appeals will be free of charge under the age of 18 and over 70, everyone else will be seven euros and the license will be valid for three years or until the expiry of the travel document.
Applicants should inform the authorities of any conviction that they have been convicted of a serious crime when they have been in a particular war or crisis zone and have been subject to any administrative decision prohibiting the abandonment of the country in the past ten years.
The information contained in each online application will automatically be compared with other relevant EU and relevant Interpol databases, and if the system finds a hit, the competent authorities will manually take over the matter. Authorization or refusal of authorization shall be taken no later than 96 hours after submission.
The travel authorization will not provide automatic entry or residence right, the final decision will be taken by the border guard.
Kinga Gál, a Fidelist reporter, says that the new system will significantly increase the security of European citizens, since it is possible to check whether the person is a safety risk, whether there is a risk of illegal immigration or possibly infectious diseases, prior to entering the Schengen area.
“We would like to welcome tourists and business people, and we would like Europe to remain open to them, but those who would arrive for terror or other crimes would be identified before the entry into the ETIAS system,” Gál emphasized this is one of the most important legislation in the field of security, which has recently been agreed by the EU co-legislators.
The establishment of the system was adopted by the European Parliament in Strasbourg at 494: 115.
For the planned entry into force in 2021, the establishment of the system should be officially approved by the Council of EU Member States.