The Romanian government has approved a draft law on the country’s accession to the Schengen Information System (SIS).
According to a press release issued by the authorities, the project was approved on Wednesday November 2, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
The authorities revealed that the draft law guarantees the necessary legal framework for Romania’s participation in the exchange of data with the member states of the Schengen area.
Furthermore, the Romanian authorities pointed out that the draft law includes regulations aimed at increasing the efficiency of the SIS, strengthening data protection as well as extending access rights.
“All these improvements are now transposed, through this bill, at the national level, ensuring the alignment of the National Alert System (N-SIS) with the Schengen Information System“, reads the statement of the Romanian authorities.
Furthermore, the authorities noted that the necessary mechanisms need to be created for the newly introduced aspects to enable their implementation.
In addition to the above, it has been revealed that under the new rules, competent authorities will have the right to access, supply and consult the system.
The Schengen Information System is one of the largest databases in the European Union, containing more than 40 million alerts for people and objects.
The system allows authorities to share and manage information on missing and wanted persons and illegal entries into the Schengen area. In addition, the system also allows authorities to share and manage information on stolen or lost vehicles and stolen identity documents.
The SIS consists of three elements: a central system, national SIS systems and a network between the systems. All countries using the SIS are responsible for setting up and managing the system and its structure.
In addition to the above, the SIS allows different authorities of the Schengen Member States to access it and enter alerts. Border and migration authorities, police authorities, customs authorities, judicial authorities and visa and immigration authorities have the right to access the SIS.
This means that as soon as Romania obtains membership in the system, its authorities will be able to access, share and receive information.
The Justice and Home Affairs Council confirmed that the decision would be taken in early December, and at the same time it was reported that there would be two EU meetings this month.