The European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee (LIBE) on 25 January adopted its position on the proposed European Criminal Records Information System for Third-Country Nationals, which will be a centralised EU database holding identity data on non-EU nationals convicted in a member state.
This will allow national authorities to see
which member states hold information on previous convictions
of non-EU nationals, to whom they will then be able to make a
request for that information.
The LIBE committee report
will serve as the Parliament's position for negotiations with
Facial images & fingerprints
The committee favours gathering fingerprints for inclusion in the database only when foreseen under national law (Amendment 28), while the Commission's proposal and the Council's position would like to make the gathering and storage of fingerprints mandatory for all crimes. A similar provision has been inserted by the LIBE committee in relation to facial images, although these are seen as optional in both the Commission's proposal and the Council's position.
The Parliament and the
Council are both opposed to the Commission's proposed definition
of third-country nationals (Amendment 23), which would have led
to the inclusion of dual nationals (who hold EU and non-EU citizenship)
in the database, were they to be convicted in an EU member state.
However, data on such individuals is already available through
the decentralised ECRIS, a network housing all member states' criminal