The abolishment of border checks at the internal Schengen borders
reinforced the importance of effective control and surveillance of the
Schengen area external borders. To help border guards control these, the
EU has set up a number of information systems. Our audit examined
whether the main
EU information systems for internal security support border controls
efficiently. We found that border guards are increasingly using and relying
on the systems when performing border checks. However, some data is
currently not included in the systems, while other data is either not
complete or not entered in a timely manner. This reduces the efficiency of
some border checks. We make a number of recommendations, e.g. that
data quality procedures are improved and that delays in data entries and
the time taken
to correct identified weaknesses are reduced.
ECA special report pursuant to Article 287(4), second subparagraph, TFEU.
Special report No 20/2019: EU information systems supporting border control - a strong tool, but more focus needed on timely and complete data