×
ECR

MEPs agree to close criminal records loophole

23 January 2019

MEPs agree to close criminal records loophole

An agreement that will close a loophole currently hampering the fight against cross border crime and terrorism has been approved today in the European Parliament.

The proposals, that are being led through the Parliament by ECR MEP Daniel Dalton, will enable national authorities to quickly establish whether another EU member state holds criminal records on a non-EU citizen.

Under the current system there is a gaping loophole concerning non-EU nationals who have committed several crimes in different member states. At present, officials who suspect a non-EU national has a criminal past can only uncover their previous convictions by individually asking all 27 other member states.

This power is rarely used, owing to the burdensome process involved, in cases involving non-EU nationals. It means their past criminal convictions risk remaining unknown to judges. This makes our citizens less safe.

The agreement foresees the creation of a centralised database that will show which member states might hold relevant information about a convicted criminal. The new system, known as the European Criminal Records Information System Third Country National (ECRIS-TCN), will not contain the full criminal records themselves, but will show whether the person in question has a conviction in another EU country, allowing authorities to contact their counterparts for more information.

Speaking after the vote, Dalton said:

“This measure aims to make it harder for criminals to slip through the net. Authorities must have the necessary tools to fight crime and terror effectively; they cannot do that with their hands tied behind their backs with red tape.”

“EU nationals and third country nationals will now be on an equal footing in the eyes of our national and European criminal justice systems. This also means that EU nationals who also hold a third country passport will no longer be able to hide their past criminal convictions by showing just one of their passports.”

SHARE

ECR

OUR TWEETS

Raffaele Fitto

5 days ago

Oggi sono stato eletto co-presidente dell'@ecrgroup. Una grande responsabilità, ma anche un grande onore. Ringrazio… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

5 days ago

Congratulations to @ZahradilJan who has just been nominated as our candidate for the President of @Europarl_EN! Rea… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

5 days ago

We are also delighted to welcome @vox_es & their three MEPs to our Group - @Jorgebuxade @hermanntertsch & Mazaly Ag… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

5 days ago

We've just held our constitutive meeting where we reformed our Group for the next five years - Ryszard #Legutko &… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Giorgia Meloni 🇮🇹 ن

11 days ago

A Napoli con gli eletti di @FratellidItaIia al Parlamento Europeo per il convegno organizzato dal gruppo dei Conser… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

11 days ago

Delighted to welcome @FratellidItaIia leader @GiorgiaMeloni to our #ECRNaples meeting with our MEPs Ryszard… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Jacek Saryusz-Wolski

12 days ago

Partia i frakcja Europejskich Konserwatystów i Reformatorów obraduje w Neapolu na temat strategii politycznej po wy… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

13 days ago

We’re in Naples this week at the invitation of our Italian MEP @RaffaeleFitto - Today we’ll be discussing the next… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Polish Embassy UK 🇵🇱

19 days ago

#OnThisDay 75 years ago, Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy in Operation 'Overlord', aimed at liberati… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

18 days ago

Today we remember and pay tribute to those from across the world who gave so much so that we could be free. #DDay75twitter.com/i/web/status/1…





© 2018. All rights reserved. European Conservatives and Reformists Group