Finland will update its national regulations on the Schengen Information System

Finland will update its national legislation on the Schengen Information System (SIS) in line with the update of European Union laws on this system by the European Union.

The decision was announced by the Finnish Interior Ministry, which also revealed that the Council of State presented the strengthening of the laws on September 8, while the country’s president was supposed to confirm them today, September 9. september.

National legislation on the Schengen Information System (SIS) is updated. The SIS system supports inspections at the external borders of the Schengen area and promotes the cooperation of law enforcement and judicial authorities and the exchange of information in Europe“, explains the ministry in a press release announcing the move.

It also notes that despite the current update of the laws, these will only enter into force at the same time as the commissioning of the new Schengen Information System by decision of the Commission.

The Schengen Information System (SIS) is an information-sharing system for security and border management in Europe, which enables the immigration, police, customs and judicial authorities of the Member States to cooperate successfully .

The system contains information on topics such as:

  • wanted and missing persons
  • return decisions for third-country nationals
  • entry bans
  • children at risk of abduction or violence

The system contains photos, fingerprints and other personal data, to which all participating Member States have access. The competent authorities of the Member States may also store this data on new persons and new objects.

The new amendments will now update police, border guard and customs personal data laws to bring them in line with EU regulations. They are supposed to strengthen the fight against terrorism and serious crime, ensure a high level of security throughout the bloc, as well as promote migration management by increasing the exchange of information between member states.

However, the Finnish parliament has added a limitation to the system regarding the transfer of data abroad, according to which the transfer and receipt of data must comply with international agreements that are binding on Finland.

Furthermore, international cooperation and exchange of information is prohibited if there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a person is threatened with the death penalty, torture, other degrading treatment, persecution, deprivation arbitrary liberty or an unfair trial as a result of such cooperation or disclosure. of information“, notes the ministry about these provisions.

According to the EU Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of ​​freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA), authorities in EU Member States have used the Schengen Information System (SIS) more than seven billion times in 2021.

This number marks an 88% increase from 2020, when searches were impacted by the restriction of activities imposed by the COVID-19 crisis.

The top three countries with the most SIS searches for 2021 are the Netherlands, with 2,549,797,858, France, with 854,625,847, and Spain, with 625,506,226.

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