ETIAS Fundamental Rights Guidance Board
FRA is joining the Fundamental Rights Guidance Board of the newly established European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). The Board will review how the processing of ETIAS applications impacts fundamental rights.
ETIAS is a central, electronic system by means of which visa-free travellers can get authorisation to board a carrier to travel to the Schengen Zone. A key feature of ETIAS is the possibility to cross-check data provided by the traveller against other large-scale EU systems for borders, security, and migration, such as the Schengen Information System (SIS), the Visa Information System (VIS), the Entry/Exit System (EES), and Eurodac as well as Europol and Interpol databases. Furthermore, ETIAS will feature a dedicated watchlist and specific risk indicators. In this way, ETIAS is expected to close information gaps and enhance the internal security of the EU. The legislation on ETIAS was adopted in September 2018 (see eucrim 2-2018, pp. 82, 84).