The ECR Group steered the adoption of new rules through the European Parliament which gives national authorities the power to establish quickly and efficiently whether another Member State holds criminal records on a non-EU citizen entering their country. The European Criminal Records Information System is an important tool for European prosecutors, judges and police forces in order to prevent the movement of criminals across Europe and aid with prosecutions taking place.
The new rules adopted allow other agencies such as EUROPOL and EUROJUST the ability to access this information. This is an important step in increasing interconnectivity between Member States law enforcement authorities and therefore, increase the EU’s ability to fight cross border criminality.
The ECR has also been keen to ensure that throughout all of these proposals that the highest possible data protection standards are in place, and that the rights and privacy of EU citizens is respected. The ECR group believes that protecting privacy and data should go hand in hand with making use of data by law enforcement authorities.