11.06.2020 – 12:14
The Council of States has also approved a number of projects to strengthen border controls.
BERN – Switzerland has to invest around 99 million in a series of projects to strengthen controls at the external borders of the Schengen area. After the national team last December, today the states have given their approval to this credit for 36 votes to 2. It is essentially an adaptation of the IT systems and a possible increase in staff.
The European Union intends to allocate several billion euros in the coming years to adapt the Schengen / Dublin collaboration to the new challenges. In particular, Brussels wants to improve external border controls and collaboration between the various national security and migration authorities. According to the Government, the Confederation will also benefit from police, asylum and migration plans.
International cooperation and the exchange of information within the Schengen / Dublin area contribute to greater security for Switzerland, in particular with regard to internal security, according to the plenum. These agreements have proven to be indispensable tools in the fight against terrorism and organized crime, various speakers stressed.
Legal and organizational implementation work is already underway. On the one hand, we intend to modify the existing systems, namely the SIS (Schengen Information System), the VIS (Visa Information System), the Eurodac (European Fingerprint Database) and the APIS (System of advance information on passengers).
On the other hand, new systems will be developed, such as ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) and EES (Electronic Entry and Exit System), the press release states.
These systems will allow for better border control and avoid security gaps, summarized Justice and Police Minister Karin Keller-Sutter.
According to the calculations of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP), the overall costs for implementing these developments of the so-called Schengen acquis over the 2020-2025 period will amount to 121.7 million francs. The FDJP will provide its own services in the form of human resources and contribute its own resources to the costs (23 million). The Federal Council therefore requests a commitment credit of 98.7 million francs from Parliament, which will be released in two tranches.