EU Plans Biometric Border Checks

February 13, 2008
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“It is a very 21st century conundrum: how can modern, open democracies provide basic homeland security in a world with nearly limitless mobility? On Wednesday, the European Commission tried to answer that by unveiling a border management plan calling for fingerprinting all foreign visitors to the European Union.

E.U. Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini said the electronic register scheme — which could be in place by 2015 — was needed to protect the E.U.’s external borders now that travelers can cross national boundaries without checks between the 25 E.U. countries that are part of the border-free ‘Schengen’ zone. (E.U. members Ireland and the U.K. aren’t in the zone, which does include non-members Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.)” (Time)