Lithuania joins Schengen information system

September 4, 2007 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

Schengen areaAs Lithuania‘s Interior Ministry has reported Lithuania joined Schengen’s information system on September 1 and legal institution having right to perform search of data and to enter data to information system of Schengen.   At the moment data of people coming to the border are checked not only in national registers, but in information system of Schengen as well.

Starting from Jan.1, 2008, such control will be done only in those border checkpoints that are at the outside border of the European Union (at the border with Russia and Belarus), as well as in international airports. Checking of data of citizens of the Schengen space will be eliminated in international airports in March 2008.

As the ministry reports the experts appointed by the European Council will visit Lithuania on September 16-19 to evaluate Lithuania’s readiness to work with information system of Schengen, also to apply Shengen’s statute-book related to the information system.  After their visit the experts will deliver the findings to the European Council.  Then the European Council will make a decision on elimination of control near inner borders of the European Union by the end of this year.

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Entry filed under: Baltic States, Belarus, Estonia, EU, Latvia, Lithuania, Northern Europe, Politics, Russia.

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