EU Parliament: UK Won’t Have Access to Schengen Information System as of 2021
The first draft resolution on the future relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union says the first will not have access to EU’s Schengen Information System, by the end of the transitional period.
In a motion for a resolution to wind up the debate on the statements by the Council and the Commission pursuant to Rule 132(2) of the Rules of Procedure on the proposed mandate for negotiations for a new partnership with the UK filed on February 7th, the EP’s UK Coordination Group has suggested that the parliament UK’s direct access to EU information systems data should be cut off throughout the transitional period.
“[The European Parliament] stresses that the UK cannot have direct access to EU information systems data or participate in the management structures of the EU agencies in the area of Freedom, Security and Justice, while any sharing of information including personal data with the UK should be subject to strict safeguards, audit and oversight conditions, including an equivalent level of protection of personal data to that provided by EU law,” the motion states.
Despite that, the motion considers that it is important for that the EU and the UK strive to maintain effective arrangements for cooperation in law enforcement cooperation which is effective and mutually beneficial for the security of their citizens.
At the same time the draft resolution written by the UKCG, led by MEP David McAllister considers that the UK shall not have access to the Schengen Information System (SIS), since it is now a third-country to the EU.
It also calls on UK’s government to take measures related to the serious deficiencies identified as regards its use of SIS immediately.
“[The European Parliament] considers that, as a third country, the UK cannot have access to the Schengen Information System (SIS); calls on the UK to remedy the serious deficiencies identified as regards its use of SIS immediately and calls on the Council and the Commission to monitor the process very closely to ensure that all deficiencies are addressed correctly without further delay,” the UKCG group says.
In recent weeks, the number of EU countries demanding the UK to cut all ties to the SIS has been increasing. In January the Netherlands government refused to share criminal convictions data after the UK copied information from the SIS without permission or warning, and failed to alert Member States on 75,000 convictions of EU citizens.
SchengenVisaInfo.com has reported last month that both France and the Netherlands share concerns on the possibility that the UK may further abuse the EU databases, upon Brexit.