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The document is based on a recent study conducted in December 2016 by the European Parliament's Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs and examines revised legislative proposals on European Union (EU) smart borders adopted by the European Commission 6 April, 2016. The European Commission adopted the original smart borders package in February 2013.
The EU Smart Borders legislation initially included two key measures: the establishment of an entry/exit system (EES) and a resilient traveller program (RTP) for third-country nationals crossing the EU’s external borders. The 2016 revised package withdraws the legislative proposal for establishing a RTP, leaving the EES as the key feature of the EU smart borders legislation.
The study continues the work of the study published in 2013, which assessed the technical feasibility and cost of EU smart borders. The study provides a critical review of the revised legislative proposals. It takes fully into account the findings of the previous study, as well as the concerns expressed by the European Parliament in prior reports about this initiative. The study also presents a thorough fundamental rights check.
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