WHAT IS THE COMMON EU INTELLIGENCE AGENCY?
The database host agency eu-Lisa is examining ETIAS as a potential system to be included in the shared EU Intelligence Agency, along with the Schengen Information System, the Visa Information System, the EU entry-exit system (EES), and the European Criminal Records and Information System.
Many European politicians are concerned about security threats and the recent terrorist incidents, which has led to the proposal of the joint EU Intelligence Agency and the idea of pooling current European-wide capabilities.
It is understood as a substitute for building a brand-new agency from the ground up, which would be extremely difficult for the European Union given the secrecy of national intelligence agencies and the numerous political and legal barriers.
The tool would scan many databases at simultaneously, enabling various European authorities to instantly obtain biometric and identifying information of citizens and travellers.
The objective would be to ensure stronger levels of security and prevent any future terrorist activities on European soil from external protagonists by using the information provided for ETIAS in addition to other intelligence systems.
HOW WILL THE ETIAS COMPLEMENT EUROPEAN UNION INTELLIGENCE?
The ETIAS visa waiver scheme will allow those citizens from countries who do not require a visa to travel to Europe to apply quickly and easily online for a travel authorization to visit any of the Schengen area countries.
Applying for an ETIAS permit will be easy, take about 10 minutes, and allow EU authorities to check applicants who want to travel to the Schengen region of Europe. This will increase security and speed up border control at EU entry and exit points.
As of this writing, the ETIAS only intends to collect personal data such as name, date of birth, residence, and information about travel documents, as well as to elicit some fundamental security queries based on past travel and health.
Since the EU does not currently intend to employ biometric information from fingerprints or eye scans in the ETIAS application process, ETIAS would only be used to provide travel-related information if the plans for a common intelligence agency were to move forward.