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Migration to the second generation Schengen Information System

On 7-8 March of the current year, the exact date – the 9th of April 2013 – of the Schengen Information System transition to the 2nd generation of the System (SIS II) was confirmed by the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting. The Commission drafted and presented for the Schengen Area member states a detailed Schedule of establishment, operation and use of the SIS II also identifying the necessary procedures thereof.

The Information Technology and Communications department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania as a responsible authority for maintaining SIS reports on its readiness for the transition to SIS II and on the completion of all the necessary preparatory stages.

The Schengen Information System (and the second generation of the system — SIS II) is at the heart of Schengen cooperation. It is an information system that allows national border control, customs and police authorities responsible for checks at the external Schengen border as well as within the Schengen Area to circulate alerts about wanted or missing people and objects such as stolen vehicles and documents. SIS II therefore, continues the important role of compensating for the abolition of internal border checks and facilitates the free movement of people within the Schengen area.

SIS II provides information on individuals who do not have the right to enter or stay in the Schengen Area, or on those who are sought in relation to criminal activities. SIS II also contains information on missing persons, in particular children or other vulnerable individuals who are in need of protection. Details of certain objects are also recorded in SIS II, for example, cars, firearms, boats and identity documents that may have been lost or stolen or used to carry out a crime.