OTHER EU REGULATIONS TO IMPROVE SECURITY IN EUROPE
The European Union is now implementing other tactical measures that complement the ETIAS visa waiver. All of these programmes work together to make Europe safer for both residents and visitors.
For instance, the EU is reinforcing Frontex and increasing its scope which includes more extensive cooperation between the European Border and Coast Guard Agency and national authorities which will improve their ability to:
Frontex also collaborated with INTERPOL to establish the Frontex-INTERPOL Electronic Library Document System in April 2022. (FIELDS). This technology detects forgeries and assists first-line border control agents by using information on travel papers and their security features.
Furthermore, owing to unusual circumstances, six Schengen countries (Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, and Sweden) have instituted interim internal border control. This was established as a resource to prevent terrorists from freely roaming inside the European Union.
EU MEASURES TO PREVENT RADICALIZATION IN EUROPE
Legislation passed with ETIAS with the goal of preventing radicalization of EU citizens and, as a result, ensuring the well-being of Schengen inhabitants include:
- Preventing EU citizens from visiting conflict areas in Syria and Iraq with the intention of joining jihadist terrorist organizations
- Promoting cybersecurity to counter radicalization by requiring social media companies such as Facebook and YouTube to eliminate terrorist content within one hour of receiving an order from officials
- Creating a continent-wide hate-preacher watchlist, isolating radicalized prisoners in jails as well as tutoring and working towards the social inclusion of at-risk persons
Because of all of these steps, the number of terrorist attacks and victims in the European Union decreased dramatically in 2018 and is likely to decrease more in future years as additional regulations and EU security systems become fully operational.